Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) News

The history of the FIIA published
Emeritus Professor Osmo Apunen has authored the history of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. The book is entitled “Silmän politiikkaa: Ulkopoliittinen instituutti 1961-2006“. It outlines the history of the Institute as well as the history of Finnish foreign policy since early 1960s. The book is available for purchase from the Institute for €20 + postage.

The Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs awarded
The Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs (Ulkopolitiikka-lehti) has been awarded in the annual quality magazine competition of the Association for Cultural, Scientific and Advocacy Magazines (Kultti ry). The journal shares the first prize with the magazine Basso. The award was presented on 26 May at the World Village Festival in Helsinki. In 2008, the journal received a special mention in the competition.

Research projects
The European Parliament has published a study by FIIA researcher Anaïs Marin entitled “Sociological Study on the Composition of the Belarusian Society”. She assesses the limited impact of the EU’s sanction policy and advocates the opening of a “third track” for building a real partnership with Belarusian society. The study also evaluates the potential for Belarus’s approximation with the EU within the Eastern Partnership in the wider geopolitical context of Belarus’s on-going integration with Russia.

Dr Hanna Ojanen has received a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation to write a book on relations between the UN, NATO and the EU. The working title is “Power in Interorganisational Relations”, and the manuscript is planned to be ready at the end of next year.

Staff news
Dr Calin Trenkov-Wermuth will join the Institute in July. He holds a PhD from University of Cambridge and his research focuses broadly on rule of law reform and transitional justice, as well as on European security politics. He is the author of United Nations Justice: Legal and Judicial Reform in Governance Operations (United Nations University Press, 2010). Dr Trenkov-Wermuth’s eight-month visit is part of TAPIR exchange programme (Transatlantic post-doc fellowship program for international relations and security).
Johannes Urpelainen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Columbia University, will join FIIA for the month of August. His research interests include global environmental governance and he will be working on a joint-article with FIIA researcher Antto Vihma.
Vihma defended his doctoral thesis Soft Law, Hard Law, and the North-South Politics of Climate Change? in the University of Helsinki main building on 20 June.
As mentioned in the previous newsletter, Dr Sean Roberts joins the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia programme in June.