The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) launches a new research programme titled Finnish Foreign Policy, Northern European Security and NATO at the beginning of October. The programme will conduct research on Finland’s foreign, security and defence policy, the security environment in Northern Europe as well as produce analyses on the activities of NATO. 

The programme will monitor various aspects of Finland’s foreign, security and defence policy, such as Finland’s relations with major powers, its international military cooperation and the country’s activities in international organisations.

The thematic content of the programme also includes Finland’s security of supply, national resilience policy and issues related to comprehensive security.  

The regional focus of the programme is on Finland’s immediate security environment. The programme focuses on geostrategic dynamics in the Arctic region, security in the Baltic Sea region and Nordic security cooperation. The programme also analyses Russia’s foreign, security and defence policy in the Northern European context.

Bearing the main responsibility for NATO research at FIIA with a special focus on Finland’s NATO policy and the Alliance’s activities in Northern Europe, the programme will also support ongoing cross-cutting research priorities at FIIA, including geoeconomics and great power politics. 

The research programme will be led by Harri Mikkola, with a research team of Leading Researcher Matti Pesu, Leading Researcher Sinikukka Saari, Postdoctoral Fellow Iro Särkkä and Research Fellow Jyri Lavikainen.

For further information:
Programme Director Harri Mikkola
09 432 7792

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