Mika Aaltola

Programme Director - the Global Security research programme

US domestic and foreign affairs, great power relations, Finnish foreign and security policy, global governance

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Toni Alaranta

Senior Research Fellow – The European Union Research Programme

Turkey’s domestic and foreign policies, especially Turkey’s relations with the EU, USA and Russia; the Kurdish question; Cyprus question; Middle East great power politics; political islam, political ideologies

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Bart Gaens

Project Director, CUSPP; Senior Research Fellow - The Global Security Research Programme

Japanese studies (area studies), Japan in the Asian regional context, major power relations in East Asia, EU-Asia relations, Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)

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Juha Jokela

Programme Director - The European Union research programme

EU’s foreign and security policy, global governance and the G20, EU’s Asia policy and Finland’s EU policy

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Jyrki Kallio

Senior Research Fellow - The Global Security research programme

Chinese political culture, Chinese foreign policy, regional issues in East Asia, China’s society, traditional Chinese thought

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Wolfgang Mühlberger

Senior Research Fellow – The European Union Research Programme

EU-MENA relations (MENA=Middle East and North Africa), Levant: Israeli-Palestinian & Israeli-Arab conflicts, Lebanon, arab transformation: transitions in Tunisia and Egypt, conflicts in Libya and Syria, transnational and national islamist movements: Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood. Conflict management, peace building, Security Sector Reform (SSR), scenarios

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Ryhor Nizhnikau

Senior Research Fellow - The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Research Programme

The EU’s Eastern neighbourhood, Russian policy in the post-soviet space, domestic and foreign policies of Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine

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Kristi Raik

Senior Research Fellow - The European Union research programme

EU foreign and security policy, the EU’s eastern neighbourhood, EU institutions, foreign and security policies of the Baltic countries

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Olli Ruohomäki

Visiting Senior Fellow - Global Security research programme

Countries and regions: Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Asia, Palestine, Israel, Middle East, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos. Thematic expertise: terrorism, political violence and radicalization, fragile states, comprehensive crisis management, aid and reconstruction, peace processes, narcotics and development, security and development.

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Sinikukka Saari

Senior Research Fellow - The EU's Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme

On leave of absence until January 2019


Political developments in Russia, Russian policy in the post-Soviet space, EU–Russia relations, the EU’s Eastern Partnership and conflict resolution in the post-Soviet space

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Ville Sinkkonen

Research Fellow

United States foreign policy, United States Middle East policy, norms, values and power in foreign policy, changing constellations of global power, trust in international politics

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Teemu Tammikko

Senior Research Fellow - The European Union research programme

Terrorism and other political violence, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism in Europe, border security and Schengen Treaty. Spanish politics.


Teija Tiilikainen

Director; Editor in chief, Ulkopolitiikka (Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs)

Executive Assistant Suvi Järvinen +358 9 432 7724


European integration and the EU’s political institutions as well as the Common Foreign and Security Policy; the European security policy system; Finland’s foreign and security policy

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Mikael Wigell

Senior Research Fellow - The Global Security Research Programme

Major power relations, geostrategy and geoeconomics, BRICS cooperation, Latin American politics and economy, EU-Latin America relations, international aid and development co-operation, conflict mediation

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