Visiting Senior Fellow-program

From the beginning, the Center on US Politics and Power has had an exchange program between the US and Finland. More information below about the exchange and those who have been Visiting Senior Fellows.

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The duration of the exchange:

The exchange can vary between three months to one year.


The salary is negotiated with the Director of the Institute. As Finland has a contract with the US about taxes, the taxes can be paid either to the US or Finland. The salary covers a travel grant as well as funding for events and publications. The visiting fellow has access to basic office supplies like a computer. The exchange also includes occupational health care. It is expected that the fellow pays his/her own living expenses.


The Institute will help to find accommodation in Helsinki. Most of the fellows have rented an apartment from the University guesthouses, where the rent is between 2000-3000 euro/month depending on the size of the apartment. The University guesthouses are located close to the Institute. One can also rent an apartment from the open market.


The Institute hopes that the Visiting Senior Fellow would produce an article in one of the FIIA publication series. The different formats can be found on the Institute’s website. The subject matter can be discussed depending on the fellow’s research topic. It is expected that the Visiting Senior Fellow participates in seminars as a speaker and can be reached by the media.

Previous Visiting Senior Fellows:

Robert Nurick
Robert Nurick is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. His previous experience includes serving as director of the Carnegie Moscow Center and as Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Mr Nurick’s research interests include the interrelationships between domestic politics and security policies in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic states, and Central Asia.


Michael Haltzel

Michael Haltzel is Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) From 1994 to 2005, he was European foreign policy advisor to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. His other positions have included Chief of the European Division of the Library of Congress, Director of West European Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Longwood University. He is the author or editor of ten books on European history and international relations. He received a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. and Ph.D., both from Harvard.


Mark N. Katz

Mark N. Katz is a professor of government and politics at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, he was a Senior Visiting Fellow at FIIA during April-September 2017. During 2018, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (January-March), was then the 2018 Sir William Luce Fellow at Durham University (April to June), and later returned to FIIA as a Senior Visiting Fellow in order to work on this project (August 2018). His research interests include Russian foreign policy (especially toward the Middle East), changing great power relations, and the international relations of revolution. He is currently a member of the FIIA Scientific Advisory Council.

Leo Michel

Leo Michel is Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. His previous government positions included: Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies; Director for NATO Policy and Director for Non-Nuclear Arms Control in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Deputy U.S. Representative to the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Consultative Commission as well as other goverment positions. Michel holds a M.A. from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from Princeton University.

Christopher A.Kojm

Christopher A. Kojm serves as the Director of the Elliott School’s Leadership, Ethics and Practice Initiative. He re-joined the School as a Professor of Practice in International Affairs after serving as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 2009 to 2014. He is also the Director of the US Foreign Policy Summer Program and served previously as director of the mid-career Master’s in International Policy and Practice program. He taught previously at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. In government, Chris served as a staffer on the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 1984-98 under Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, as a deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1998-2003), and as deputy director of the 9/11 Commission (2003-04). He was also president of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, the Commission’s follow-on public education organization (2004-05). He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Iraq Study Group (2006).


Deborah A. McCarthy

Deborah A. McCarthy is an expert on U.S. foreign and national security policy with over 30 years of diplomatic experience. Currently, she is a consultant with the Transnational Security Group and the producer of the national security podcast “The General and the Ambassador” ( She served as the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania from 2013 to 2016. Previously, she was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs. Ms McCarthy also served as Deputy Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Greece and the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua. In Washington, she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Narcotics and Law Enforcement, the Senior Advisor for Counter Terrorism and the Special Coordinator for Venezuela. Other diplomatic postings include: Consul General Montreal, Economic Counselor U.S.Embassy Paris, Financial Economist U.S. Embassy Rome and assignments in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


Carla Norrlof

Carla Norrlof is Visiting Research Professor at FIIA and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Norrlof is also a Research Associate of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, a Senior Fellow of Massey College and a member of the editorial board of International Theory.  Her research spans International Relations (IR) and International Political Economy (IPE) with a special focus on great powers particularly US hegemony.


Maria ShaginaMaria Shagina

Maria Shagina is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Eastern European Studies (CEES) at the University of Zurich and a member of the Geneva International Sanctions Network at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Her research interests cover economic statecraft, international sanctions and energy politics, with a particular focus on the post-Soviet states. In the past, she has worked as senior political analyst at Global Risk Insights, project assistant at the Swiss International Business Academy and as executive assistant at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. In 2020, Dr. Shagina was selected as a GLOBSEC Young Leader and as a member of the European Leadership Network. Her publications have appeared in the IISS, Carnegie Moscow Center, CSS (ETH Zurich), European Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Atlantic Council, SWP, and The Kennan Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Lucerne, and has also conducted research at the University of Birmingham, University of Bern and Ritsumeikan University (Japan).

Eoin McNamaraEoin McNamara

Eoin Micheál McNamara is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) in Helsinki and a PhD researcher at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu in Estonia where he taught extensively in International Relations between 2013 and 2020. His main research interests include: security studies; transatlantic relations; NATO; US grand strategy; and the transformation war. He has published in the NATO Review, the Revue Militaire Suisse, the Defence Forces Review and Irish Studies in International Affairs, among other outlets, and his commentary on security and defence policy has been quoted in the New York Times, the Irish Times and with the Estonian Public Broadcasting Service (ERR). He has previously been awarded visiting research fellowships at the Centre for War Studies (CWS) at the University of Southern Denmark (2020) and at the Institute of International Relations (IIR) in Prague, Czech Republic (2019).

Rachel TausendfreundRachel Tausendfreund

Rachel Tausendfreund is a Visiting Senior Fellow at CUSPP for the autumn of 2022. She is the editorial director at GMF, overseeing the organization’s research output and publication planning. Before joining GMF, Rachel Tausendfreund was editorial director at the European Council on Foreign Relations and editor at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). At the DGAP, she was a member of the editorial team of the bimonthly foreign policy magazine Internationale Politik and ran IP-Journal, an online magazine covering German and European foreign policy. She has researched and published on issues relating to German, American, and transatlantic politics, as well as international trade policy and European foreign policy.

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