Asia Research Cluster

research programme


The aim of the Asia Research Cluster is to conduct research and provide expertise on Asia, in particular on the politics and international relations of China and Japan, and on the security environment in the wider East Asian region.
Goals of the Asia Research Cluster
• to provide topical and high-quality information to the academic community and decision-makers,  and to contribute to the public debate
• to enhance FIIA’s research and expertise on Asian politics and international relations
• to cooperate and network with other scholars, research institutions, decision-makers and individuals interested in Asia
 The principal role and functions of the Asia Research Cluster include
• Conducting research and issue publications on Asia for various audiences
• Providing commentary and policy analysis on issues concerning Asia
• Hosting the annual China Research Day
• Organizing and participating in seminars and conferences
The research agenda
Global economic and demographic trends have reinforced the importance of the Asian nations in world politics. The domestic and regional developments in East and South East Asia affect global processes. The rising power of China changes the security dynamics in Asia and challenges the hegemony of the United States in the Western Pacific. China’s neighbors choose different approaches to meet with changing realities in the region, depending on domestic events and political cultures. Approaches vary from regionalism to nationalism-driven military build-up. Many issues remain unsolved in the region, including territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas. At the same time, global challenges – such as climate change or terrorism – affect all countries in the region and create a common ground for cooperation. The Asia Research Cluster aims to address relevant issues and provide expertise in order to explain and deepen understanding of the political dynamics of Asia.
Asia related publications available here.
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upcoming events

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Past events

Recognizing 'Geoeconomic Risk':
17.06.2021 10:00 -
By invitation only
FIIA Climate Briefing #1
26.11.2020 09:00 -
By invitation only
Hybridpåverkan i internationella relationer
07.10.2020 14:30 -
Open event
Dis_Order Narratives & the Middle East
24.04.2020 10:00 -
Requires registration
The Hybrid Media Environment: Networks, Circulation, Hacking
06.03.2020 09:00 -
Requires registration
Muuttuva avaruustoimintaympäristö ja Suomi
13.02.2020 10:00 -
By invitation only

Latest publications

Gaens, Bart; Jüris, Frank & Raik, Kristi (2021). Introduction and key findings. In Bart Gaens, Frank Jüris & Kristi Raik ed(s): Nordic-Baltic connectivity with Asia via the Arctic: Assessing opportunities and risks. Tallinn: International Centre for Defence and Security. 8-31.

Vihma, Antto (2021). Hankala Hätätila. Suomen Kuvalehti, 17.9.