Sinikukka Saari

Senior Research Fellow - The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme
Telephone +358 29 535 1883

On leave of absence until January 2019

Academic degree
PhD in International Relations, the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007)
Political developments in Russia, Russian policy in the post-Soviet space, EURussia 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
Recent publications

Katri Pynnöniemi & Sinikukka Saari, "Hybrid influence – lessons from Finland", NatoReview, 28.6.2017.

Kristi Raik & Sinikukka Saari (eds.), Key Actors in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood: Competing perspectives on geostrategic tensions, FIIA Report, September 2016.

Toivo Martikainen, Katri Pynnöniemi, Sinikukka Saari & Ulkopoliittisen instituutin työryhmä, Venäjän muuttuva rooli Suomen lähialueilla, Valtioneuvoston selvitys- ja tutkimustoiminta, August 2016.

Veera Laine, Toivo Martikainen, Katri Pynnöniemi & Sinikukka Saari, Zugzwang in slow motion? The implications of Russia’s system-level crisis, FIIA Analysis, December 2015.

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, From stagnation to cul-de-sac? The roots and trajectory of Russia's troubles, FIIA Briefing Paper, February 2015.

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, The Persistence of Putin's Russia: Why don't Russians demand more?, FIIA Briefing Paper, no. 92, 11 November 2011
Sinikukka Saari, Putin’s Eurasian Union Initiative: Are the premises of Russia’s post-Soviet policy changing?, UI Brief, no. 9, 31 October 2011
Sinikukka Saari, From stability to stagnation: Lack of political dynamism hinders Russia’s development, FIIA Comment, September 2011

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: The Boom and Crash of Modernisation Zeal in EU–Russia Relations, Baltic Rim Economies, 2/2011
Sinikukka Saari and Arto Nokkala: Avoimuuden aikakausi [An Era of Openness], Ulkopolitiikka, 2/2011
Sinikukka Saari: External Implications of Russia's Non-democratic Political Development, in Perspectives on European Security - STETE Yearbook 2010, February 2011
Sinikukka Saari: Trust in EU-Russia Relations, in Andres Kasekamp (ed.), The Estonian Foreign Policy Yearbook 2010, Tallinn: Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, January 2011
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
Finnish, English, Russian, Swedish