The FIIA Forum 2021 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. This year, the FIIA Forum is dedicated to Finnish foreign and security policy and the Nordic cooperation in these fields. Forum will be opened by President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö.
The Nordic countries have a long-lasting culture of cooperation in different fields of policies, ranging from education and culture to defence cooperation. In the field of foreign and security policy it has become more and more visible how we share the same challenges. Russia’s great power aspirations present challenges to all Nordic countries and need to be analysed in the broader Nordic context. Chinese aspirations and US goals affect the whole global community but also have regional consequences. Climate change and its security implications need to be addressed more closely to evaluate how the Nordic region might be affected. The size and complexity of these threats and challenges require continued Nordic cooperation and exchange of views for a better understanding and coordinated responses. The aim of the event is to chart how Nordic countries could do even more together to rise up to these challenges.
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13:30 – 15:00 Panel discussion with the Directors of the Nordic institutes: Nordic foreign policies facing global challenges
Mika Aaltola, Director, FIIA
Kristian Fischer, Director, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
Pia Hansson, Director, Icelandic Institute of International Affairs (IIA)
Ulf Sverdrup, Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
Marie Söderberg, Acting Director, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska Institutet, UI)
Moderator: Maria Annala, Head of Research Communications, FIIA
16:00 – 18:00 FIIA FORUM – Celebrating 60 years of FIIA: Finnish foreign and security policy in a Nordic context
Welcoming remarks: Mika Aaltola, Director, FIIA
Opening remarks: Kai Sauer, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Keynote address: ”Finnish Foreign and Security Policy”
Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland
Panel discussion: “Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy”
Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway
Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, Member of the Danish Parliament for the Greenlandic Inuit Ataqatigiit, Chair of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR)
Pål Jonson, Chairman of the Committee on Defence, Swedish Parliament
Moderator: Mika Aaltola, Director, FIIA