The FIIA Forum 2021 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. This year, the FIIA Forum is dedicated to Finnish Foreign Policy and Nordic cooperation in foreign and security policy. The event will be held on Wednesday 29th of September, 2021 at 13.30–18.00 (EEST).

The main event FIIA FORUM – Celebrating 60 years of FIIA: Finnish foreign and security policy in a Nordic context will be held at 16.00–18.00 (EEST).  The Forum will be opened by the President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, who will give a keynote address.

Opening remarks will be given by Kai Sauer, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and Director Mika Aaltola, FIIA.

Panel discussion: ”Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy”
Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway
Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Member of the Danish Parliament for the Greenlandic Inuit Ataqatigiit, Chair of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region
Pål Jonson, Chairman of the Committee on Defence, Swedish Parliament
Moderator: Mika Aaltola, Director, FIIA

The event will be livestreamed and is available here. You can follow the conversation regarding the FIIA Forum on social media #FIIAForum and on FIIA’s Twitter.

Earlier during the day there will be a panel discussion with the Directors of the Nordic institutes: Nordic foreign policies facing global challenges at 13.30–15.00.

Mika Aaltola, Director, FIIA
Kristian Fischer
, Director, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
Pia Hansson
, Director, Icelandic Institute of International Affairs (IIA)
Ulf Sverdrup
, Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
Marie Söderberg
, Acting Director, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)
ModeratorMaria Annala, Head of Research Communications, FIIA

This event will also be livestreamed and is available here. You can follow the conversation regarding the FIIA Forum on social media #FIIAForum and on FIIA’s Twitter.

The Finnish Institute of International Affairs was established in 1961 to provide and to interpret information on global politics for the Finnish audiences. The Institute was maintained by a private foundation Paasikivi Foundation until 2006. In conjunction with its centennial anniversary, the Parliament decided to establish an institute to conduct research on international relations and the EU. The Finnish Institute of International Affairs produces high-quality research for use by the academic community and decision-makers, as well as the general public. The Institute’s mission is to produce relevant, evidence-based information of a high academic standard on foreign policy, international relations, the international economy, and the EU. FIIA publishes Ulkopolitiikka (The Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs) which also celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. There are around 60 members of staff altogether, more than 40 of whom are researchers. FIIA’s publications and events can be found on the Institute’s website