Niklas Helwig is a Leading Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. He is also an Associate Professor in International Relations at Tampere University. His research focuses on EU foreign and security policy, German foreign and security policy, as well as EU-US relations. He currently co-leads an Academy of Finland-funded project on “Transforming strategic cultures in contemporary Europe” (STRAX).
He worked at various think tanks in Europe and the US, including the RAND Corporation in Arlington VA, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin and the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. He was a DAAD Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington D.C. in 2018.
Niklas has published extensively in peer-reviewed academic journals, including Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) and Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft. He served as special issue editor of German Politics and European Foreign Affairs Review. He has written policy analyses for government and non-profit organisations including the US Army and Air Force, the Finnish and German governments, and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. His journalistic articles appeared for example in Die Zeit, Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, War on the Rocks and Euractiv.
Niklas completed his PhD on the transformation of European foreign and security policy after the Lisbon treaty at the Universities of Cologne and Edinburgh. He holds a Master in Economics from the University of Cologne.
Associate Professor, Tampere University
EU foreign policy and defence cooperation, German foreign and defence policy, EU-US relations.
PhD in Politics, Universities of Edinburgh and Cologne, 2014
Diploma in Economics (Master equivalent), University of Cologne, 2010
English and German (working languages), Finnish (basic skills)
European Strategic Autonomy in a Geo-economic World
Development of EU’s Sanctions Policy: Political and economic implications for Finland
Europe facing great-power competition: Mapping Finland’s risks and options in the geoeconomic rivalry
Multilateral cooperation in an era of strategic competition: Options for influence for Finland and the European Union
Transforming strategic cultures in contemporary Europe