FIIA has moved to Arkadiankatu 23 B and renewed both its logo and website. The FIIA Board has appointed the Scientific Advisory Council for 2018-2020. The third year of Nordic researcher exchange starts. For further information, please, download the FIIA Newsletter 4/2017.


Scientific Advisory Council appointed

The Board of the Institute has nominated the following persons to the Institute’s Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) for 2018-2020: Prof. Eiki Berg (University of Tartu), Prof. Shaun Breslin (University of Warwick), Prof. Michelle Cini (University of Bristol), Prof. Julie Gilson (University of Birmingham), Research Prof. Kristian Harpviken (Peace Research Institute Oslo), Prof. Mark N. Katz (George Mason University), Senior Fellow Andrei Kolesnikov (Carnegie Endowment Moscow), Prof. Brigid Laffan (European University Institute, Florence), Prof. Christian Lequesne (CERI/ Science Po, Paris), Director Volker Perthes (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin), Judge Allan Rosas (European Court of Justice, Luxembourg), Deputy Director Pawel Swieboda (The European Commission, European Political Strategy Centre) and Prof. Jonas Tallberg (University of Stockholm). The tasks of the SAC include offering advice on FIIA’s research policy guidelines, the assessment of the quality and relevance of its research work, and the support of its international activities.

New Pact for Europe

The third New Pact for Europe report “Re-energising Europe: A package deal for the EU27” has been published. The report is a reflection of more than 120 national and transnational debates across 17 EU member states since 2013. The report was published by King Baudouin Foundation, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Open Society Initiative for Europe and European Policy Centre. FIIA acted as a national partner in preparing the report.

Book on US and EU foreign policy

The Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and FIIA have a joint research project comparing important domestic trends on each side of the Atlantic. In a forthcoming book edited by Daniel Hamilton and Teija Tiilikainen, European and American authors look at often-underexplored domestic trends and oftenmisunderstood domestic institutions to explain both US and European foreign policies.

Nordic researcher exchange

FIIA coordinates a Nordic research exchange programme for the researchers of all five Nordic Institutes of International Affairs. The programme is financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and allows for both short and long research visits at another Nordic foreign policy institute. Several researchers from all five institutes have already participated in the programme, which has led to increased networking and tangible results in the form of both academic and policy-oriented work. Two calls for applications will be opened in 2018.

FIIA has moved to Arkadiankatu

In late November, FIIA moved closer to the Parliament to Arkadiankatu 23 B, Helsinki. The new postal address is P.O. Box 425, FI-00101 Helsinki. FIIA has also renewed its logo and
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Staff News

Senior Research Fellow Bart Gaens is visiting Osaka University until mid-January.

Marcin Kaczmarski will join the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme at the end of January. He is an expert on Russia-China relations.

Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs

This year’s fourth issue of Ulkopolitiikka, the Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs, focuses on federalism and its possibilities within the EU. MEP Heidi Hautala, MP Jutta Urpilainen and journalist Hannu Reime share their views on federalism and discuss how Europe could become more democratic. The Journal is available both as a printed journal and as an e-paper at

Recent publications

All FIIA publications are available on the Institute’s website.

FIIA Report 52
The North Korean Conundrum: International responses and future challenges
Elina Sinkkonen (ed.)

FIIA Analysis 8
‘Mourning for America’: Donald Trump’s Climate Change Policy
Michael Mehling & Antto Vihma

Working Papers 100-101
After the election of no alternatives: The Kremlin’s domestic political challenges from 2018 onwards
Jussi Lassila

Fluid Dynamics: Global Great Powers in the 21st Century
Mark N. Katz

FIIA Briefing Papers 226-230
A superpower in the making? China’s paths to global influence
Teemu Naarajärvi

US Trade Policy: America Resignsfrom its Leading Role as a Global Rule-setter
Johanna Jacobsson

Facing new realities: A case for enhanced Finnish understanding of nuclear issues
Leo Michel

What non-alignment? Finland’s security and defence policy stems from partnerships
Matti Pesu

Democracy’s Eleventh Hour: Safeguarding Democratic Elections against Cyber-enabled Autocratic Meddling
Mika Aaltola

FIIA Comments
Gaza reconciliation: Burying the hatchet or changing stripes?
Olli Ruohomäki & Wolfgang Mühlberger

China emerges strong and confident: The dust settles after the Party Congress
Jyrki Kallio

Lift the tollgates: Europe needs greater cross-border military mobility
Leo Michel

The Communist Party convenes in China: What is in the tea leaves?
Jyrki Kallio

The Catalonian independence project: The frustration of the near-majority
Teemu Tammikko

An effective antidote: The four components that make Finland more resilient to hybrid campaigns
Charly Salonius-Pasternak

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