We gathered FIIA’s media presence and the institute’s experts’ comments on various impacts of the coronavirus in a summary below. Further down you can find our reading recommendations.

In the media

Visiting Research Professor Carla Norrlof’s FIIA Comment included in a list compiled by the European Parliamentary Research Service Blog of recent commentaries from international think tanks on the coronavirus and related issues (29 April).

Programme Director Arkady Moshes‘ comments on the effects of COVID-19 on the crisis in Ukraine. Article in Business Ukraine (22 April).

FIIA Director Mika Aaltola commented on the effects of COVID-19 on press freedom. Article by News Now Finland (21 April).

Mika Aaltola’s publication listed in this collection of reports on COVID-19 in the monthly Think Tank Review by the EU Council’s Library (7 April).

FIIA Working Paper by Director Mika Aaltola listed in the European Parliamentary Research Service Blog of recent commentaries and reports from international think tanks on the coronavirus and related issues (26 March).

Moneyweb published an article 23 March on the economic impact of Covid-19, referring to a speech by OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría held at a FIIA Seminar

Senior Research Fellow Charly Salonius-Pasternak interviewed by the Financial Times 20 March. Link to the article: “Lentils and war games: why Nordics are well prepared for lockdown”(for subscribers).

Charly Salonius-Pasternak interviewed by the Financial Times 12 March. Link to the article (for subscribers).

Senior Research Fellow Saila Heinikoski interviewed by the South China Morning Post 7 March. Link to the article.


All FIIA publications on Covid-19 are available here.

Senior Research Fellow Saila Heinikoski’s FIIA Briefing Paper published 30 April: Covid-19 bends the rules on internal border controls: Yet another crisis undermining the Schengen acquis?

Visiting Research Professor Carla Norrlof’s FIIA Comment published 17 April: Covid-19 and the liberal international order: Exposing instabilities and weaknesses in an open international system

Research Fellow Veera Laine’s and Senior Research Fellow Jussi Lassila’s FIIA Comment published 3 AprilThe Covid-19 pandemic in Russia: No applause for Putin’s political play?

Junior Research Fellow Tyyne Karjalainen’s FIIA Comment published 1 April: Tackling Covid-19 calls for trust: Building confidence is part of containing a pandemic

Senior Research Fellow Jyrki Kallio’s FIIA Comment published 25 MarchChina after the pandemic: Insecurity spills over to contradictory foreign policy actions

Senior Research Fellow Marco Siddi’s FIIA Comment published 25 MarchItaly and the Covid-19 emergency: Tackling an unprecedented crisis, with limited EU solidarity

Junior Research Fellow Mariette Hägglund’s FIIA Comment published 25 MarchThe politicization of Covid-19 in Iran: Domestic and international power play hampers the response 

Senior Research Fellow Charly Salonius-Pasternak’s FIIA Comment published 20 March: Finland’s response to the Covid-19 epidemic: Long-term preparation and specific plans

Director Mika Aaltola’s FIIA Working Paper published 19 March: Covid-19 – a trigger for global transformation? Political distancing, global decoupling and growing distrust in health governance

FIIA has also published on, for instance, the geopolitics of flows as well as societal resilience. In English:

FIIA Report 40 (2014): Towards the Geopolitics of Flows: Implications for Finland
Geopolitics is defined by the strengthening force of stable and secure global flows of goods, resources, finance, people and information. These flows rely on and use the common domains of the high seas, airspace, space and cyberspace. The report highlights the geopolitics of global flows and global commons, and analyzes the implications of this geopolitical transformation to Finland. It concludes with an analysis on the possibilities of Finnish national preparedness planning in the world of global flows.

If you are looking for an expert to comment on the political impact of the coronavirus, click here to find a list of FIIA researchers’ contact details.

Last updated 28 May 2020.

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