Institute Events

6.10.2015 at 4-6 pm
Yegor Gaidar's Legacy: Solutions for Russia's Current Economic Crisis? Last day of registration is on 2.10.

8.10.2015 klo 14.15
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar Ilya Vinkovetsky: Making Tea Russian: The Long Journey of a Colonial Product from southern China to eastern Europe

15.10.2015 klo 14.15
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar Irina Busygina: "Unfinished Projects": Why Russia and the EU cannot tolerate each other


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Welcome to the Aleksanteri Institute!

The Aleksanteri Institute functions as a national centre of research, study and expertise pertaining to Russia and Eastern Europe, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. The Institute promotes cooperation and interaction between the academic world, public administration, business life and civil society, both in Finland and abroad.

A teaching project on the effects of EU's Eastern enlargement


Senior researcher Katalin Miklóssy has received funding for three years for the Jean Monnet module The East within Europe: An Eastern Angle to European Studies. The project is funded by the European Union Erasmus+ Programme during 2015-2018.

During the project, the history of the EU enlargement is studied from new points of view, the diverging development of the Eastern and Central European countries that joined EU after 2004 is examined, and EU's strategies and policies concerning its eastern neighbours are discussed. The project challenges the story according to which EU's enlargement has signified democracy's triumph in post-socialist Europe. The project implements intensive teaching, MOOC courses and produces learning material.

Elite consolidation in Ukraine through the lustration law?

  The approach of the current Ukrainian administration is not likely to work well in a divided society, writes Yuliya Zabyelina in issue 4/2015 of Aleksanteri Insight.


A new project delves into hybrid warfare


Russia's new hybrid warfare has become a central safety concern for the entire Europe. A new research project by Hanna Smith and Bettina Renz, funded by the Finnish government, strives to tackle the challenges and threats this new situation poses.

It will produce new information on Russia's strategic thinking and various ways of entering into hybrid warfare. For more information about the Institute's projects, see here.

Marina Khmelnitskaya joins the CoE

The board of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies has chosen Dr. Marina Khmelnitskaya from the University of Oxford as postdoctoral researcher for the period of 1.9.2015-31.12.2017. Dr. Khmelnitskaya's project title is Tools of government for the Russian modernisation. The board received altogether 30 excellent applications and wishes to thank all the applicants!

New title on authoritarian Russia and regime change


Russia today represents one of the major examples of the phenomenon of "electoral authoritarianism" Why and how has the electoral authoritarian regime been consolidated in Russia? What are the mechanisms of its maintenance, and what is its likely future course?

In his latest book Authoritarian Russia. Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes professor Vladimir Gel'man examines regime change in Russia from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 to the present day. He presents theoretical and comparative perspectives on the factors that affected these political maneuvers and the authoritarian drift of the country.

For more information and how to order, please visit the publishers site!

What went wrong after the Soviet Union? Book launch and seminar

Sarah Whitmore, Edwin Bacon and Bettina Renz participated in a panel chaired by Hanna Smith

Two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, today’s Russia is not what people both in the West and in Russia expected the country to be. Professor Vladimir Gel'mans new book Authoritarian Russia. Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changesdiscusses some of the central questions of Russia's recent past. The book launch seminar entitled What went wrong after the Soviet Union? Authoritarian Russia Today hosted by the Aleksanteri Institute on June 10th widened the picture by providing insights on Russian military thinking, competing narratives and Putin's Ukraine problem.

Visit the seminar page to read more!

Aleksanteri Confrence takes a broad look at culture

The theme of Culture and Russian Society will be discussed from a variety of viewpoints at the Aleksanteri Conference this year. We've received over 30 panel proposals and 140 proposals for individual papers, with themes ranging from internet memes to foreign policy narratives. We'd like to thank everyone for interesting proposals! Notes of acceptance will be sent by June 15th.

The 15th Annual Aleksanteri Conference Culture and Russian Society will take place in Helsinki on 21-23 October 2015. More information, including the preliminary programme, available at the conference website.

Roundtable for Diplomats on Finland - Russia relations

Ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic community from over 20 countries gathered to the Aleksanteri Institute to hear Finnish experts reflect on Finland - Russia relations and their development after the recent parliamentary election. The event on May 26th was the first in the series of RussiaHUB Helsinki Roundtable for Diplomats. The aim is to provide the diplomatic community with current and reliable, research based insights on Russia and facilitate open and mutually beneficial discussions on important topics.

Aleksanteri News 2/2015 - Reaching out to Society

  Aleksanteri News 2/2015 highlights the Institute's activity in societal outreach. The cover photo celebrates the J.V. Snellman Public Information Award and inside the newsletter, two books aimed at wider Finnish audience are introduced. Recent and up-coming projects with high societal relevance, such as project RAGE and cooperation with the Finnish Environment Institute are also presented.
The newsletter contains many important dates, among them a reminder of this year's Aleksanteri Conference's CfP deadline, so please take a look online or get your printed copy at the Aleksanteri Institute!


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