FIIA granted significant fundings for research

1. Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation has granted significant funding for FIIA’s US-related researchJSFound. for 2013–2016. With a sum of 1.2 million euros FIIA will strengthen its research on US global role and its expertise on US domestic and foreign policy which is already exceptional in Finland.

FIIA will launch a professor-level exchange programme with the distinguished Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR). Besides conducting research on transatlantic relations and US role in global politics and economy, FIIA and CTR will organize seminars, conferences and an annual summer school for young scholars in Helsinki or Washington DC.

With the support of Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, FIIA will have improved resources to produce high-level topical US-related research for the academic community, political decision-makers and public debate.

Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation was established in 2002 to support high-level international research, arts and culture.

2. The Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation has granted 530000 euros for a research project focusing on EU’s future direction after the economic crisis. The study will evaluate EU’s development trends and their implications for the EU and Finland. The research project seeks to support political decision-making as well as public debate.

The project is carried out by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) and researchers from both organisations will take part in the project. The study will be finished by the summer of 2014. The project is led by Research Director Markku Kotilainen (ETLA) and Director Teija Tiilikainen (FIIA).

3. The Finnish Scientific Advisory Board for Defense (MATINE) and National Emergency Supply Agency (NESA) have granted research funding for two interrelated research projects by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. These research projects will be carried out between 1 January 2013 and 31 January 2014 in collaboration with the School of Management (International Relations), University of Tampere.

The MATINE funded research project will analyse the international strategic shift from territorial geopolitics towards the geopolitics of the global commons – sea, sky, space and cyber domain — and the implications of this transformation for Finland. A special emphasis of the project is on the global marine environment as an essential feature of the Finnish security policy.

The NESA funded research project will analyse the aspects and possibilities of national security of supply in a world that is increasingly global, inter-connected but also at the same time fragmented, as well as the implications that the increased and multifaceted interdependency brings about for national security of supply.

The aim of the research projects is to increase Finnish politico-strategic understanding of the changing trends in global security landscape, to analyse the transformation of Finnish maritime environment, and to reflect on the challenges of national security of supply.

The projects are led by Dr. Mika Aaltola, Director of the Global Security Research Programme at FIIA.