Research

Research programmes

Projects

Finland and the Tightening Competition in Global Politics

Finland and the Tightening Competition in Global Politics

FIIA is conducting a research project entitled ‘Finland and the Tightening Competition in Global Politics’. The project is part of the implementation of the Government Plan for Analysis, Assessment and Research activities and will last until the end of 2018. The project analyses critical global and regional trends that may affect Finland’s international position in the near future.The research project is divided into three thematical but still interlinked sections: a) global political setting b) regional political setting (incl. the EU and Russia) c) Finland and its close neighborhood.Every...
Finnish Foreign Policy

Finnish Foreign Policy

The Finnish Foreign Policy project seeks to support foreign policy research in Finland and to arouse international interest in the topic. An online archive of Finnish foreign policy is at the heart of the project. The archive, which consists of speeches and key foreign policy documents, was launched in March 2012 (www.eilen.fi). Another function of the project is to build a network of interested researchers by organising research seminars on Finnish foreign policy. Ultimately, the aim of the project is to stimulate publications in the field.
The EU as a Security Community: citizens’ views and values

The EU as a Security Community: citizens’ views and values

The Finnish Institute of International Affairs has launched a research project entitled ”The EU as a Security Community: citizens’ views and values”. Part of the Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities (VN-TEAS), the project will run until September 2018.Over the last years, the European security situation has significantly worsened. Global and regional crises have hit Europe hard, calling for more vigorous EU-level measures. Consequently, the Union’s role in the field of security has grown in significance from the perspective of both member states and citizens. Research...
New Challenges for Strategic Deterrence in the 21st Century

New Challenges for Strategic Deterrence in the 21st Century

After a decades-long hiatus, issues involving nuclear weapons have returned to the forefront of international security concerns. The Finnish Institute of International Affairs conducts a study of the changing nature of strategic deterrence, especially insofar as it involves the role of nuclear weapons, and the implications for Europe over the coming decade or so.  The study will examine how deterrence currently operates in major potential conflict regions (with an emphasis on Europe), the changes (e.g., technological, doctrinal, and political) that likely will shape its development over the next...
Changing Great Power Politics and Its Implications to Finland

Changing Great Power Politics and Its Implications to Finland

The Finnish Institute of International Affairs is conducting a nine-month research project which focuses on the developments of two great power relationships: (1) the relations between China and Russia, and (2) the relations between the United States and Russia. These relationships are analysed both in a larger global framework as well as from regional perspectives in the light of recent international as well as domestic developments. Even though the focus is on the aforementioned relations, the project also aims at drawing conclusions for the European Union and Finland. The project is part of the...

Past projects

Helsinki +40

Helsinki +40

FIIA participated in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Helsinki +40 Project, an initiative that brought together security and human rights experts, politicians and academia to evaluate the OSCE's past and chart concrete lines of action for the future. Consisting of seminars at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in Moscow; the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Washington; and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm, the Project culminated in a final Colloquium organized by FIIA on the site of the signing of the OSCE's founding...
Russia's changing role in Finland's neighbourhood

Russia's changing role in Finland's neighbourhood

FIIA conducted a one-year research project entitled ‘Russia's changing role in Finland's neighbourhood'. The project was part of the implementation of the Government Plan for Analysis, Assessment and Research for 2015. The project examines Russia's political system, the country's energy and Arctic policies as well as its role in the Baltic Sea region security environment and draws conclusions and makes policy recommendations for the Finnish government.The project's findings were published in FIIA Analyses and Briefing Papers, and the final report was delivered to the Prime Minister's Office in...
America’s changing global role and its impacts on transatlantic relations

America’s changing global role and its impacts on transatlantic relations

This project investigated the evolution of America’s global engagement. In particular, it examined both the longer-term trends and the more immediate dynamics that affect the global role of the United States.The project’s final report Between change and continuity: Making Sense of America’s Evolving Global Engagement first considered domestic developments as well as strategic debates, to provide a context for understanding the potential changes and continuities in American foreign and security policy during and beyond the unfolding Trump era. The intention was to shed light on the evolution...
A Stronger North? Developing Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy

A Stronger North? Developing Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy

FIIA conducted a one-year research project entitled: A Stronger North? – Developing Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy. The project was part of the implementation of the Finnish Government Plan for Analysis, Assessment and Research activities for 2017. The project examined possibilities for deepening Nordic cooperation in the field of foreign and security policy and it drew conclusions and made policy recommendations for the Finnish government. The project’s findings were published in FIIA Report format and the summary of key findings was delivered to the Prime Minister’s...