FIIA’s peace mediation project has focused on the EU’s peace mediation capacities during the past few months. FIIA will publish a report on the EU’s peace mediation capacities, edited by Tanja Tamminen, in Brussels in November. In conjunction with Ahtisaari Day, FIIA and the CMI will organise a high-level expert seminar on peace mediation in Helsinki on 9 November. Among the keynote speakers are Nobel Peace Prize laureate President Martti Ahtisaari and the founder of Open Society Institute, George Soros.
A team of FIIA researchers is preparing an ad hoc study for the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence (SEDE) of the European Parliament, entitled “The Maritime Dimension of CSDP”. The study explores the emergence of maritime security challenges both in the EU’s geographic vicinity (e.g. the Arctic, Mediterranean, Baltic Sea and Black Sea) and along strategic sea routes (e.g. the Horn of Africa, Strait of Hormuz and South China Sea), as well as from disputes arising over the exploration and exploitation of the sea bed. The study draws lessons for the future development of the maritime dimensions of the EU’s common security and defence policy and for EU member states. The study is being prepared in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA). FIIA researchers involved in this project include Mika Aaltola, Timo Behr, Jyrki Kallio and Charly Salonius-Pasternak.