Director: Mika Aaltola
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The Finnish Institute of International Affairs is a Helsinki-based independent research institute that produces high level research to support political decision-making and public debate both nationally and internationally. Its three research programmes are:
- The EU research programme (director Juha Jokela). The European Union research programme focuses on the European External Action Service, EU’s external representation, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Common Security, Defence Policy, neighbourhood policy and energy security. The programme addresses the relations between external and internal security by focusing on terrorism and radicalization as well as related institutional development and decision-making.
- The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme (director Arkady Moshes). The programme studies the Eastern European environment with a special focus on Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. In particular, the programme concentrates on political developments in the region, the dynamics of policy-making: actors, networks and shifts in interests and power. It also studies international relations in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood and the relationship between the region and the EU, especially development of the EU’s Eastern Partnership with Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
- The Global Security research programme (director Mikael Wigell). The Global Security research programme approaches global security challenges within the framework of broad security. The programme seeks to understand the global trajectories of security that have significance for the European and Finnish security environments. The issues approached include the prospects for global governance systems, changes in the major power structure, significant factors in functional and regional security and insecurity, global challenges, such as the climate change, the role of the transatlantic relationship in world politics, and the different dimensions of the European security policy.
In addition, the Institute has several on-going projects which transcend the boundaries of the research programmes.
The Institute was established by the Parliament of Finland in its centennial plenum in June 2006 and the Parliament also provides the Institute’s basic funding. The Institute is autonomous in its research activities and is governed by a nine-member Board, assisted by an Advisory Council and a scientific advisory council. All FIIA publications can be downloaded from the institute’s website free of charge.
FIIA researcher Juha Jokela is a member of the TEPSA Board.
- “A policy agenda for Finland’s entry into NATO: From ‘one for one’ to ‘one for all’”, Edward Hunter Christie (FIIA, Finland)
- “Russiaʼs regional elections 2022: The elephant in the room”, Jussi Lassila (FIIA, Finland)
- “The EU’s strategic multilateralism: Global engagement in an era of great-power competition”, Niklas Helwig (FIIA, Finland)
- “Nordic resilience: Strengthening cooperation on security of supply and crisis preparedness”, Mikael Wigell et al.(FIIA, Finland)
- “Re-securitizing climate: From ‘climate security’ to ‘ecology of peace’?”, Emma Hakala and Vadim Kononenko (FIIA, Finland)
- “The OSCE and a 21st century spirit of Helsinki: Opportunities to shift security back to the people”, Bradley Reynolds and Johanna Ketola (FIIA, Finland)
- “Autonomy through digital resilience: The importance of upholding the national tech stack”, Markus Holmgren (FIIA, Finland)
- “US global security partnerships in the Biden era: Twilight or regeneration?”, Eoin Micheál McNamara (FIIA, Finland)
- “EU candidate Ukraine and the 27 gatekeepers: Pragmatizing the EU enlargement policy”, Tyyne Karjalainen (FIIA, Finland)
- “Russia’s connectivity strategies in Eurasia: Politics over economy”, Kristiina Silvan and Marcin Kaczmarski (FIIA, Finland)