Briefing Paper 212
As no terrorist movement can operate effectively without a broad range of supporters, Iraq’s political arrangements and the peace-building process in Syria will significantly determine the future Sunni stance over extremist ideas and organisations, particularly Salafi-jihadism. According to Wolfgang Mühlberger and Olli Ruohomäki, two main issues emerge with regard to an assumed post-Daesh order: the reorientation of its fighters, including foreign fighters returning to Europe and the capability of inclusive governance to roll back sectarianism.
Finnish Foreign Policy Paper 5
The latest Finnish Foreign Policy Paper analyses Russia’s recent foreign policy and military developments and their implications for Finland. Considering the comprehensiveness of Russia’s actions, it is of the utmost importance for Finland to invest in two things: in strengthening its own society, and in international cooperation.
Katri Pynnöniemi & Charly Salonius-Pasternak
With increasingly similar perspectives on threats, the Finland and Sweden could gravitate closer towards each other, and towards NATO, Juha Pyykönen argues in the latest FIIA Report.
In the FIIA Report, edited by Kristi Raik and Sinikukka Saari, FIIA researchers and external experts explore the interests and policies of major states and organisations - EU, Russia, US, Turkey, China and the OSCE - in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood. The report concludes that EU should not shy away from confrontation at any price, and highlights the need for a more proactive EU foreign policy in the region.
Arkady Moshes & András Rácz
Report launch event (audio available)
China is rapidly growing its presence in Latin America. While the Chinese activities are predominantly economic, they have long-standing strategic consequences for Europe, the US and the region itself. After a recent change towards more pro-Western political leadership in the region, Europe and the US should seize the moment and engage with Latin America on a more equal footing by offering actual multilateralism, in contrast to China’s more bilateral approach, Mikael Wigell argues in the latest FIIA Briefing Paper.
Academic article in International Affairs
Mikael Wigell & Antto Vihma
Academic article in Asia Europe Journal
FIIA Report 46
The foreign policy of the United States has often been seen as oscillating between an isolationist perspective and interventionist tendencies. This fluctuation between minimalism and maximalism allows future foreign policy to be evaluated, if one can correctly diagnose which phase of the supposed back-and-forth movement the US is currently in. A new FIIA Report, edited by Mika Aaltola and Anna Kronlund, examines visions for the future of US foreign policy and global role beyond 2016.
A new FIIA Report edited by Katri Pynnöniemi and András Rácz analyses Russian propaganda and disinformation – here collectively called strategic deception – concerning the conflict in Ukraine. The case studies of the report examine the emergence of pre-formulated Russian metanarratives and concepts in various EU countries. Despite similar methods the Soviet propaganda was anchored in ideological truth claims, while the contemporary Russian variant can be compared to a kaleidoscope: a light piercing through it is instantly transformed into multiple versions of reality.
An article "Is the Kemalist Project to Blame for Turkey’s Failed Democracy?" by Senior Research Fellow Toni Alaranta has been published in The Turkey Analyst (17.2.2017).
Doctoral dissertation " Externally induced institutional change in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood: migration and environment reforms in Ukraine and Moldova in 2010–2015" of research fellow Ryhor Nizhnikau has been published by Tartu University Press (11.1.2017).
In the media, 17.2.2017
Senior Research Fellow at the institute Toni Alaranta column "Turkish troops in Syria: Is it all about the Kurds from now on?" was published in Helsinki Times 16.2.
Working Paper 93
Briefing Paper 214
The European Union research programme focuses on the EU's global and regional role, including the internal dynamics of the Union. The main research themes are the EU's external relations and institutional development.
The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme studies the EU's eastern environment with a special focus on Russia's domestic, foreign and security policy. The programme concentrates on political developments in the region and the dynamics of the conflict in and over Ukraine. It also studies international relations in the EU's eastern neighbourhood and the relationship between the region and the EU.
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, the role of the transatlantic relationship in world politics, and the different dimensions of the European security policy.
The aim of the Center on US Politics and Power is to provide research and expertise on the US global role and its foreign and domestic policy. The Center works in conjunction with the Global Security Programme at the FIIA and was established in 2013. FIIA's US research is supported by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.