The Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation has granted significant funding for FIIA’s US-related research for the period 2013 – 2016. Thanks to a sum of 1.2 million euros, FIIA will be able to establish a Centre for US Politics and Power and thereby strengthen its research on the US’s global role and its expertise on US domestic and foreign policy. FIIA will launch a professor-level exchange programme with the distinguished Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at Johns Hopkins University. Besides conducting research on transatlantic relations and the US’s role in global politics and economy, FIIA and CTR will organise seminars, conferences and an annual summer school for young scholars in either Helsinki or Washington DC.
At the 6th annual FIIA Day on March 6, Minister of Defence of Finland Carl Haglund gave a speech on Nordic cooperation and the “Nordic Model”. It was followed by a panel discussion before a reception was held at FIIA’s premises. An audio recording of Haglund’s speech is available via FIIA’s website.
Tuomas Iso-Markku has joined the EU programme as a researcher. He focuses on Common Foreign and Security Policy from a small state perspective.
In April, Johanna Jacobsson will join the EU programme as a Visiting Researcher to finish her Academy-funded PhD research on Economic Integration and Labour Markets Integration Agreements.
Head of Russian Department at Warsaw-based Centre for Eastern Studies Marek Menkiszak will come to a two-month visit to FIIA in April. He will focus on Russian policy on Syria during his stay at FIIA.
Researcher Touko Piiparinen has been granted the title of docent by the University of Helsinki.
As the three-year programme period comes to an end in December 2013, researcher positions will be declared vacant later this spring.