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. 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.
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.
The Finnish Foreign Policy project seeks to support foreign policy research in Finland and to arouse international interest in the topic. An online archive of Finnish foreign policy is at the heart of the project. The archive, which consists of speeches and key foreign policy documents, was launched in March 2012 (www.eilen.fi). Another function of the project is to build a network of interested researchers by organising research seminars on Finnish foreign policy. Ultimately, the aim of the project is to stimulate publications in the field.
The Arab Revolutions of 2011 have launched a process of political transition in the Middle East. While it is yet unknown where this process will lead, the transition will fundamentally reshape the countries of the Middle East and their relationship with the outside world. It will also have important implications for the European Union. This FIIA project analyses and evaluates the transition process by monitoring developments in key Middle Eastern countries and reporting on the social, economic and political forces and actors that are at the heart of this transition. Special attention is given to the role of the European Union and its member states within the changing regional environment.
FIIA is conducting a one-year research project entitled ‘Russia’s changing role in Finland’s neighbourhood’. The project is part of the implementation of the Government Plan for Analysis, Assessment and Research for 2015. The project examines Russia’s political system, the country’s energy and Arctic policies as well as its role in the Baltic Sea region security environment and will draw conclusions and make policy recommendations for the Finnish government.