Past events at the Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

FIIA participated in organising the third Kultaranta Talks on 14-15 June and will organise a panel at SuomiAreena on 17 July. Director Tiilikainen will compile a report to the OSCE eminent panel while Jyrki Kallio has been awarded J.A. Hollo Prize.

The third Kultaranta Talks

President Sauli Niinistö hosted a debate on foreign and security policy at the President’s summer residence in Naantali on 14–15 June 2015.

Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State; Alexei Kudrin, Chairman of the Committee of Civil Initiatives and former Russian Minister of Finance; and Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference held a discussion on ”The World Disorder?”. Other sessions and working groups focused on Finland’s challenges, the West and the state of democracy, the outlook for Russian development, and intelligence, ter­rorism and security.

The event was organised by the Office of the President of the Republic of Finland in cooperation with FIIA.

Tiilikainen to compile a report to the OSCE eminent panel

Director Teija Tiilikainen has requested contributions from the OSCE network of think tanks and academic institutions to aid the work of the eminent panel in which she participates. Based on the contribu­tions, she will compile a report to assess the ways of strengthening the role and functioning of the OSCE as a key institution of cooperative security in Europe. The draft sum­mary report will be discussed in a project meeting in Vienna in early September.

Report on Arctic Security

Programme Director Juha Jokela has edited an EUISS report “Arctic Security Matters” which will be published on 19 June. The report examines how the rapid economic and environmental transformation in the Arctic carries significant political implications. The report also high­lights the new security challenges emerging in the region and discusses EU’s engagement in Arctic matters.

Dr Jokela visited the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris in January-March 2015.

NOLAN Conference

The 8th NOLAN (Nordic Latin American Research Network)Conference “Struggles over Resources in Latin America” was held in Helsinki in June 11-13 2015. The Conference was hosted by the Department of Political and Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki and it was organised with the collabora­tion of several partners including FIIA.