Middle Eastern Terror in Flux
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Middle Eastern Terror in Flux

Briefing Paper 212

Middle Eastern Terror in Flux: Mosul after Daesh, Daesh after Raqqa

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.

Russian Foreign Policy in Transition
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Russian Foreign Policy in Transition

Finnish Foreign Policy Paper 5

Neighbouring an Unpredictable Russia: Implications for Finland

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.

Briefing Paper

Security in the Baltic Sea Region: activation of risk potential

Katri Pynnöniemi & Charly Salonius-Pasternak

Finland and Sweden: Partners in defence
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Finland and Sweden: Partners in defence

Report 48

Nordic Partners of NATO: How similar are Finland and Sweden within NATO cooperation?

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.

Working Paper

Nordic-Baltic security and US foreign policy: A durable transatlantic link?

Eoin Micheál McNamara, Magnus Nordenman & Charly Salonius-Pasternak

Tensions in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood
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Tensions in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood

Report

Key Actors in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood: Competing perspectives on geostrategic tensions

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.

Report launch event (audio available)

Changing Geostrategic Tensions around Ukraine

The Rise of Geoeconomics
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The Rise of Geoeconomics

Briefing Paper

China’s Advance in Latin America: Geostrategic Implications for Europe, the US, and the Region Itself

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

Geopolitics versus geoeconomics: the case of Russia's geostrategy and its effects on the EU

Mikael Wigell & Antto Vihma

US foreign policy beyond 2016
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US foreign policy beyond 2016

FIIA Report 46

After Rebalance: Visions for the future of US foreign policy and global role beyond 2016

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.

Working Paper

Nordic-Baltic security and US foreign policy: A durable transatlantic link?

Eoin Micheál McNamara, Magnus Nordenman & Charly Salonius-Pasternak

Russia's strategy of deception
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Russia's strategy of deception

Report 45

Fog of Falsehood: Russian Strategy of Deception and the Conflict in Ukraine

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.

News, 21.2.2017

Is the Kemalist Project to Blame for Turkey’s Failed Democracy?

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).

News, 17.2.2017

Ryhor Nizhnikau's doctoral dissertation

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

Turkish troops in Syria: Is it all about the Kurds from now on?

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.

EILEN - Archive and Chronology of Finnish Foreign Policy

The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) maintains an online archive Eilen which consists of speeches and key documents related to Finnish foreign policy. In addition, the site features a chronology detailing the most significant events in Finnish foreign policy since 1973.

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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. In particular, the programme concentrates on political developments in the region and the process of the Eurasian integration. It also studies international relations in the EU's eastern neighbourhood and the relationship between the region and the EU.

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