Eurasian Economic Union facing an uphill struggle
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Eurasian Economic Union facing an uphill struggle

FIIA Analysis

The Eurasian Economic Union: Breaking the pattern of post-Soviet integration?

The Eurasian Economic Union between Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, due to come into effect from January 2015, consolidates a market of 170 million people with a combined GDP of almost 3 trillion US dollars. On paper, the union has the potential to transform economic relations in the region and to offer an alternative to the EU in the post-Soviet space. However, weak institutions and large asymmetry between member states are continuing to hinder closer ties and the crisis in Ukraine had led to an increasingly hostile international environment. Hence, the Eurasian Economic Union faces an uphill struggle to maintain momentum and deliver the results member states desire, the latest FIIA Analysis argues.

Approaches to conflict management
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Approaches to conflict management

FIIA Analysis

Managing conflict after civil war - The power-sharing and power-dividing approaches

Matthew Hoddie's FIIA Analysis considers two institutional alternatives for managing conflict following the negotiated settlement of civil war. The most common set of institutional structures that former civil war combat-ants adopt are associated with power sharing across the political, military, territorial, and economic dimensions of state power. An alternative is the adoption of power-dividing institutions limiting the scope of government authority and establishing a wide-ranging system of checks and balances intended to manage the competing interests within a country.

Local border traffic regulation helps keep borders ajar
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Local border traffic regulation helps keep borders ajar

FIIA Report 41

Keeping the Door Ajar: Local border traffic regimes on the EU’s eastern borders

The EU eastward 2004 enlargement and the consequent entry of new EU member states into the Schengen area in 2007 resulted in a considerable increase in visa fees and complications concerning visa procedures for applicants. As a result, the Local Border Traffic (LBT) Regulation appeared to be a timely legal tool for the eastern EU member states to mitigate the negative effects of their accession to the Schengen area and to keep the borders ajar for legitimate border-crossing for family, cultural, social and economic reasons. The 2006 EU Regulation makes it possible for the EU countries and Schengen non-EU members to conclude agreements with neighbouring third states on a visa-free land border-crossing regime for border residents. Andrei Yeliseyeu analyses the functioning and potential of the Local Border Traffic Regulation in the latest FIIA Report.

Geopolitics of flows
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Geopolitics of flows

Report 40

Towards the Geopolitics of Flows: Implications for Finland

Geopolitics is increasingly defined by the strengthening force of stable and secure global flows of goods, resources, finance, people and information. These flows rely on and use the various common domains: the high seas, airspace, space and cyberspace. This report highlights a shift away from territorial geopolitics towards the geopolitics of global flows and global commons, and analyzes the implications of this geopolitical transformation to Finland. The report is the final output of a research project funded by the Scientific Advisory Board for Defence and the National Emergency Supply Agency.

Working Paper

Securing global commons: A small state perspective

Mika Aaltola, Joonas Sipilä, Valtteri Vuorisalo

European diplomacy taking shape
The EU Delegation, on the Moskva River embankment in Moscow's Yakimanka neighbourhood, coordinates European diplomats on the ground. Photo: NVO / Wikimedia Commons.

European diplomacy taking shape

FIIA Analysis 1

Pioneers of a European Diplomatic System: EU delegations in Moscow and Washington

Since December 2009, the European Union has been represented abroad by more than 130 delegations, which are an integral part of the new European External Action Service (EEAS). Heidi Maurer and Kristi Raik argue that, following on from an early albeit cautious success, the delegations should take a stronger role in providing input into EU policy-making, promoting European interests abroad, and advancing consensus among member states’ representatives in the field. The publication launches FIIA Analysis series which provides in-depth analysis of policy-relevant issues in international affairs.

Report

Equipping the European Union for the 21st century

Rosa Balfour & Kristi Raik

FIIA Comment

Managing the decline of European diplomacy

Kristi Raik & Teemu Rantanen

European security landscape reshaped?
Photo: European Commission

European security landscape reshaped?

FIIA Column

Crimea as a trophy in the Kremlin symbolic game

Russia’s actions in Crimea may have profound implications for European security landscape. However, before any major conclusions can be made, we should carefully analyze not just events on the ground, but the ways in which they are framed in the Russian (and Western) discourse. This may help us to better understand what is going on, Senior Research Fellow Katri Pynnöniemi argues in the latest FIIA Column.

Differentiated integration
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Differentiated integration

Report

Multi-speed Europe? Differentiated integration in the external relations of the European Union

Differentiated integration is not a new phenomenon in European integration. It has taken various forms over a wide range of policy areas in the past. Importantly, differentiated integration is not merely an internal question for the EU as the Union’s organization and internal dynamics also shape its external actorness. Consequently, various forms of differentiation are present in the EU’s external relations and policies. The objective of this report is to take a closer look at differentiated integration in the EU’s external relations and to discuss its implications for the EU’s aspirations to forge more unitary and effective external policies.

Briefing Paper

European Defence Under Scrutiny

Tuomas Iso-Markku

Briefing Paper

Updating the EMU

Samu Kurri

The EU after the economic crisis
Photo by European Commission

The EU after the economic crisis

Briefing Paper

Updating The EMU: Differentiated economic integration in the European Union

The financial and economic crisis has reinforced the two-layer economic integration structure in the EU, Samu Kurri argues in the latest FIIA Briefing Paper. Even if the Eurogroup remains ‘formally informal’, it has managed to transform itself into a de facto institution within the EU, and its role and weight is likely to increase rather than decrease. The paper is part of a joint research project carried out by FIIA and the Research Institute for the Finnish Economy (ETLA) with the support of the Jane & Aatos Erkko Foundation.

Briefing Paper

Towards a Deeper EMU

Juha Jokela

Briefing Paper

Three Options for the EU

Teija Tiilikainen

Thu 2.10.2014 at 09:00-11:30

Nationalism and Patriotism in Today's Russia

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Tue 7.10.2014 at 09:00-11:00

Managing the EU-Russia Energy Trade in the Shadow of Power Politics

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Thu 9.10.2014 at 08:30-11:00

OSCE – The Litmus Test of an Evolving Security Community?

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Ajantasa: China and Hong Kong's desire for freedom

Senior Research Fellow at the Institute Elina Sinkkonen commented on the Hong Kong protests on Yle Radio Suomi's Ajantasa on October 1st. According to Sinkkonen, people in Hong Kong have not forgotten that the area is part of China, but they are protesting because they will not be allowed to vote freely in the administration elections of 2017. (in Finnish)

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Norwegian mother of five was lured into the Islamic State

Senior Research Fellow at the Institute Teemu Sinkkonen commented on the recruitment of terrorists on Svenska Yle on September 30th. According to Sinkkonen, jihadists must be given a chance to return because otherwise they don't have any other option than to continue fighting. (in Swedish)

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Tuomioja dissociates himself from the MFA's Nato line

Programme Director at the Institute Mika Aaltola commented on the foreign ministry's future overview in Turun Sanomat on September 30th. According to Aaltola, the overview discusses different options composedly and the Nato comments are not a surprise because they are close to the experts' consensus. (in Finnish)

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