The FIIA has appointed Programme Directors for the period 2014—2016

Mika Aaltola, Juha Jokela and Arkady Moshes will continue in their current positions in the next three-year period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2016.

Dr Mika Aaltola leads the Global Security Research Programme, which focuses on global trajectories of security that have significance for the European and Finnish security environments. Dr Aaltola received his doctoral degree from the University of Tampere and has worked at the University of Minnesota as a Visiting Professor. In his research, Dr Aaltola has focused for instance on US domestic and foreign policy and great power relations.

Dr Juha Jokela leads the European Union Research Programme, which focuses on the EU’s external relations, institutional development and economy. Dr Jokela received his doctorate from the University of Bristol and has previously worked e.g. as Director of the University of Helsinki Network for European Studies. Dr Jokela’s research has focused on the EU’s foreign and security policy among other things.

Dr Arkady Moshes leads the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Research Programme which focuses especially on Russian domestic and foreign policy. Dr Moshes received his doctorate from the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences and he has published extensively on issues such as Russia-EU relations and Ukrainian and Belarusian domestic and foreign policy.

The principal responsibility of the Programme Directors is to lead their research programme and to take part in the planning of the Institute’s research activities. In addition, Programme Directors have their individual research agendas.