Senior Research Fellow - The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme
On leave of absence until January 2019
PhD in International Relations, the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007)
Political developments in Russia, Russian policy in the post-Soviet space, EU–Russia relations, the EU’s Eastern Partnership and conflict resolution in the post-Soviet space
Ongoing research projects
Managing distrust between the EU, Russia and the states in their shared neighbourhood
Sinikukka Saari, The Thin Line between Failure and Success. The OSCE's Competence and Capability in Conflict Management: The Case of Georgia. Security and Human Rights, vol. 25, no 2 (July 2015).
Sinikukka Saari, Russia's public diplomacy: Soft tools with a hard edge. Border Crossing, April 2015.
Sinikukka Saari,The New Alliance and Integration Treaty between Russia and South Ossetia: When does integration turn into annexation?, FIIA Comment, March 2015.
Sinikukka Saari, From stagnation to cul-de-sac? The roots and trajectory of Russia's troubles, FIIA Briefing Paper, February 2015.
Andras Racz, Sinikukka Saari, The new Minsk ceasefire: A breakthrough or just a mirage in the Ukrainian conflict settlement?, FIIA Comment, February 2015.
Sinikukka Saari, Compehensive security in the Black Sea Region amidst the Ukrainian crisis - a view from the EU. Regional Dialogue, 30 December 2014.
Sinikukka Saari, Separatismi ulkopolitiikan välineenä [Separatism as an instrument of foreign policy], Maanpuolustus, nro 109, September 2014
Sinikukka Saari,Georgia's search for the third way: despite a strong westward pull, Georgia attempts to improve its relations with Russia,FIIA Briefing Paper, no. 157, kesäkuu 2014
Sinikukka Saari, 'Russia's post-Orange revolution strategies to increase its influence in former Soviet republics: Public diplomacy po russkii',Europe–Asia Studies, vol. 66 (2014), no 1
Sinikukka Saari, ‘Managing Distrust in Wider Black Sea Region’, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, vol. 11, no. 3
Sinikukka Saari, ‘Nurturing Trust in Wider Black Sea Region’, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, vol. 11, no. 3
Sinikukka Saari: What Went Wrong with the EU’s Human Rights Policy in Russia?, EU-Russia Centre Review: EU Human Rights Policy towards Russia, Brussels: EURC, November 2010
Sinikukka Saari: The call for a ‘dignified’ EU foreign policy: How to promote human rights in Russia?, FIIA Comment, Helsinki: FIIA, November 2010
Sinikukka Saari and Katri Pynnöniemi: Medvedev's take on the power vertical: Are the rules of the game changing in Russia?, FIIA Briefing Paper 51, Helsinki: FIIA, January 2010
Sinikukka Saari: Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in Russia. London: Routledge, 2009
Sinikukka Saari: 'Democracy promotion and Russia after the colour revolutions', Democratization, vol. 16, no 4, 2009
Sinikukka Saari: 'Russia's Creeping Challenge to European Norms', a chapter in Ted Hopf (ed.), Russia's European Choice? Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008
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