Dr Juha Jokela is the Programme Director of the European Union research programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Dr Jokela’s previous academic and policy studies projects and publications include the EU’s sanctions policy, political implications of Brexit for the EU, political and security developments in the Arctic, Europeanisation of foreign policy, EU’s Asia relations, and Finland’s EU policy. His current research interests include differentiated integration in EU’s foreign policy, and the role of G7 and G20 in multilateral cooperation.

Dr Jokela has previously worked at the EU Institute for Security Studies as a Senior Associated Analyst and Senior Visiting Research Fellow, as an Advisor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and as a Research Fellow and the Director of the Network for European Studies at the University of Helsinki. Jokela is a member of the board of Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), member of the Steering Committee of EuroMesCo, the main network of research centres and think-tanks in the Euro-Mediterranean area, and member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP).

Jokela holds a PhD from the University of Bristol (UK), which focused on Europeanisation and foreign policy in Finland and the UK, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Birmingham (UK).


EU's foreign and security policy, the UK withdrawal from the EU (Brexit), EU in global and regional governance, Finland's EU policy


PhD, University of Bristol (UK), Department of Politics, 2006

Language skills

Finnish and English (working languages), Swedish (receptive skills)


Finland and the Tightening Competition in Global Politics
The EU as a Security Community: citizens’ views and values
Development of EU’s Sanctions Policy: Political and economic implications for Finland
EU IDEA – Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability
Multilateral cooperation in an era of strategic competition: Options for influence for Finland and the European Union

Latest FIIA Publications


EU's foreign and security policy, the UK withdrawal from the EU (Brexit), EU in global and regional governance, Finland's EU policy

Positions of responsibility

Member of the Church EU Committee, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Member of the Board, Trans European Policy Studies Association, 2014-
Vice-Chair of the Board of Finnish European Studies Association, 2011-
Member of the Advisory Board on Human Rights 2008-11 and vice-member 2011-14, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Work experience

Senior Associate Analyst, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris, 10/2014 – 03/2015
Senior Visiting Research Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris, 03/2009 – 03/2010
Advisor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, 2009
Director, University of Helsinki Network for European Studies, 2008
Research Fellow, University of Helsinki Network for European Studies, 2007-2009


PhD, University of Bristol (UK), Department of Politics, 2006


PhD, University of Bristol (UK), Department of Politics, 2006
BSocSc, University of Birmingham (UK), Department of Politics and International Studies, 2000

Language skills

Finnish and English (working languages), Swedish (receptive skills)

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Jokela, Juha (2023). Finland’s fight against climate change: Ambitious yet pragmatic approach. In Kaeding, Michael; Pollak, Johannes; Schmidt, Paul ed(s): Climate Change and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals. Springer International Publishing. 35-38.

Jokela, Juha (2022). The G7 and the G20 in global governance. In Jürgen Rüland, Astrid Carrapatoso ed(s): Handbook on Global Governance and Regionalism. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 137-147.

Jokela, Joha; Biscop, Sven; Bucar, Maja; Gaub, Florence; Islam, Shada; Judah, Ben; Koenig, Nicole; Lazarou, Elena; Marrone, Alessandro; Mohan, Garima; Nye, Joseph; Sasnal, Patrycja & Strazds, Andris (2021). After Kabul, a tipping point for Europeans? Groupe d'études géopolitiques (GEG), 19.10.

Jokela, Juha (2020). Finnish hopes and concerns for the German presidency. In Russack, Sophia; Ålande, Minna ed(s): EPIN Report: Member states’ expectations towards the German Council Presidency. Brussels: EPIN European Policy Institutes Network. 9.

Jokela, Juha (2020). Finland (Whole-of-Government approach to external crisis and conflict management). In Bertelsmann Stiftung ed(s): Europe's Coherence Gap in External Crisis and Conflict Management: Political Rhetoric and Institutional Practices in the EU and its Member States. Guetersloh: Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung. 124-135.

Jokela, Juha (2018). Johtajuus EU:ssa. Maanpuolustus-lehti (126):12-19.

Castillejo, Clare; Keijzer, Niels; Chmiel, Oscar; Di Ciommo, Mariella; Jokela, Juha; Lundsgaarde, Erik; Olivié, Iliana; Perez, Aitor; Thijssen, Sanne; Vaille, Julie; Vegh, Zsuzsanna & Venturi, Bernardo (2018). Financing EU external action: Understanding member state priorities. ETTG Briefing Paper. European Think Tanks Group.

Jokela, Juha & Iso-Markku, Tuomas (2018). Finland: Direct democracy and representational system. In Blockmans, Steven & Russack, Sophia ed(s): Direct democracy in the EU – The myth of a citizens’ Union. Brussels; London: CEPS; Rowman & Littlefield International. 215-236.

Larsen, Henrik; Jokela, Juha & von Sydow, Göran (2018). Nordic member states: Denmark, Finland, Sweden. In Oliver, Tim ed(s): Europe's Brexit: EU perspectives on Britain's vote to leave. Newcastle upon Tyne: Agenda Publishing Limited. 125-146.

Haugevik, Kristin M.; Fägersten, Björn; Gunnarsson, Pétur; Jokela, Juha; Sørensen, Catharina; Thorhallsson, Baldur & Wivel, Anders (2018). Nordic responses to Brexit Making the best of a difficult situation. NUPI Policy Brief. Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt.

Jokela, Juha (2016). Eripurainen unioni kamppailee olemassaolostaan. Euronautti, Euroopan komission Suomen-edustuston blogi, 7.9.

Jokela, Juha (2016). Eritahtisuudesta disintegraatioon? In Jyrki Karvinen ed(s): Järistyksiä Euroopan unionissa. Helsinki: Docendo.

Jokela, Juha (2016). Good EU-UK relations, but the EU is the first priority for Finland. In Oliver, Tim ed(s): Preparations for a Brexit IV: views from Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, and Malta. LSE BrexitVote blog.

Jokela, Juha (2015). Finland and the eurozone crisis. In Bäckman, Pernilla; Lewander, Jakob; von Sydow, Göran ed(s): Same, same but different : the Nordic EU members during the crisis. Stockholm: Svenska institutet för europapolitiska studier, SIEPS.

Jokela, Juha (2015). Arctic security matters. ISSUE report. European Union Institute for Security Studies.

Jokela, Juha (2015). Arctic matters: in from the cold? ISSUE alert. European Union Institute for Security Studies.

Jokela, Juha (2015). Arctic governance. In Jokela, Juha ed(s): Arctic security matters. European Union Institute for Security Studies. 33-42.

Jokela, Juha (2015). Finland: "Without the UK there is no EU". In Chopin, Thierry; Lequesne, Christian ed(s): BREXIT: what fair deal between UK and EU member states?. Fondation Robert Schuman/ SciencesPo CERI. 32-35.

Jokela, Juha (2014). EU turvallisuus- ja globaalipoliittisena toimijana. In Mykkänen, J.; Paakkunainen, K. ed(s): Johdatus Euroopan unionin politiikkaan. Vantaa: Hansaprint. 133-155.

Jokela, Juha (2014). Britain outside Europe? The view from Finland. In Möller, A; Oliver, T ed(s): The United Kingdom and the European Union: What would the Brexit mean for the "EU" and other States around the world? Berlin: DGAP. 87-89.

Jokela, Juha (2013). Finland: toward a more cautious Europeanization. In Bretherton C., Mannin M. ed(s): The Europeanization of European Politics . New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 39-51.

Jokela, Juha (2011). EU:n ulkosuhteiden murros [Changing EU’s External Relations]. Erittäin julkista: Euroopan tulevaisuuden julkinen pöytäkirja, 19.4.

Jokela, Juha (2010). Climate change. In de Vasconcelos, Alvaro ed(s): A Strategy for EU Foreign Policy. Paris: EU Institute for Security Studies.

Jokela, Juha & Gaens, Bart (2009). Introduction. In Gaens, Bart; Jokela, Juha & Limnell, Eija ed(s): The Role of the European Union in Asia: China and India as Strategic Partners. Farnham: Ashgate.

Jokela, Juha (2006). The Europeanization of Foreign and Security Policy and the Re-Production of State Identity in Finland and Britain. United Kingdom: University of Bristol.

Jokela, Juha (2002). The increasing role of NATO should not undermine the European Union’s Northern Dimension in Finland. The New North of Europe.

Jokela, Juha (2000). The Discursive Construction of Security in Finland. United Kingdom: University of Birmingham.