Institute Events

2.5.2016 at 12-5 pm
Russian Media Lab seminar Russian Media Today

2.5.2015 at 2-4 pm
Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Recent Developments

12.5.2016 at 2.15-3.45 pm
Visiting Fellows Seminar, Prof. Terry Cox: Social Security and Insecurity in Russia and the Debate on Welfare Regimes

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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.

Faces of Aleksanteri - people behind the Institute

The Aleksanteri Institute is often identified by a photo of its beautiful facade on Unioninkatu 33. But what makes the Institute so great are not the grand premises; it's the amazing people who've worked here over the years.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Aleksanteri institute, we decided to bring back memories from the past and re-publish some of Face of the Month interviews with fresh commentary. Take a free ride in our time machine during the following weeks to see what Russia and Eastern Europe looked like to our researchers in 2008, 2009, 2010… - and how those same people see it today.

The new blog, Faces of Aleksanteri, begins with a 2008  interview with Mikko Palonkorpi about the aftermath of the war in Georgia.

Russian Hybrid Warfare - Going Beyond the Label

Bettina Renz and Hanna Smith at the publishing event 22.4.

"Hybrid warfare" has become a label that may be used to describe almost any action in Russia's foreign politics. As such, it does not as much add to our understanding of Russia's actions as blur our vision about what the actual actions are: propaganda, military operations etc. Read Bettina Renz's and Hanna Smith's views on the issue in the report Russian Hybrid Warfare - Going Beyond the Label published on April 22nd.

Visiting fellows for 2016-2017 chosen

The call for Aleksanteri Visiting Fellowships for the academic year 2016–2017 was open until 5 February 2016. Altogether 194 applications were sent for the visiting fellowships and we are happy to invite Stacy Closson, Linda J. Cook, Oleksandr Fisun, Stefan Guth, Marcin Kaczmarski, Ilya Kalinin, Luke March, Galina Miazhevich, Ulla Pape, Anna Paretskaya, Olga Shevchenko, Katya Tolstaya and Rustamjon Urinboyev to research visits of one to three months.

We sincerely thank all the applicants for their interest in our programme.

Please see the Visiting Fellowships page for more information.

The 20th Anniversary of the Aleksanteri Institute

The Aleksanteri Institute celebrates its twentieth anniversary in an afternoon seminar in the University of Helsinki Small Hall on the 28th of April. The anniversary seminar addresses current issues and burning questions on Russia and aims to shed light also on future developments.

Follow this link to the seminar page for more information.

Cold War Series 3/2016 focuses on Northern Europe


Northern Europe in the Cold War is a collection of special studies with the common aim of counterbalancing the bias in existing international Cold War historiography. The focus shifts from conflict and confrontation to cooperation and constructive interaction between West and East, and from major actors to smaller states of Northern and Central Europe.

This third volume of the Aleksanteri Cold War Series is edited by Poul Villaume, Ann-Marie Ekengren and Rasmus Mariager.

The Eurasian Economic Union and the big integration game

The Eurasian Economic Union is Russian instrument in global sphere of interest game, writes Markku Kivinen in issue 1/2016 of Aleksanteri Insight

Photo by Veikko Somerpuro


Aleksanteri Insight is a series of expert opinions published by the Aleksanteri Institute. To date, fifteen issues have been published. You can read them all here.

Aleksanteri News 1/2016

  This year's first issue of Aleksanteri News introduces you to the diversity of research conducted at the Aleksanteri Institute. There are on-going projects about hybrid warfare, media freedom in Central Asia and Urban sustainability in the Arctic, for example. Face of the Month column takes us back in history: Ira Jänis-Isokangas has studied the concept of hooliganism in 1920's Soviet Russia. Why? Take a look at page 2 to see!

Aleksanteri News also has the pleasure to inform you that the Institute is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Thursday, April 28th. Save the date!

Read Aleksanteri News 1/2016 here or get your print copy at one of our upcoming events.

Aleksanteri Conference 2016: Life and Death in Russia

The 16th Annual Aleksanteri Conference will take place in Helsinki on 26-28 October 2016. The focus of this year's conference is on welfare and social policies.

Call for panels and papers can now be found at the Conference website: together with detailed instructions and links to submission forms. The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2016.

Keynote speakers of the Aleksanteri Conference include Professor Thomas Remington (Emory University, USA), Professor Linda Cook (Brown University, USA), Professor Göran Therborn (Cambridge University, UK), Dr. Svetlana Stephenson (London Metropolitan University, UK), Professor Chunling Li (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) and Professor Nataliya Zubarevich (Moscow State University, Russia).

194 Applied for Aleksanteri Visiting Scholars Programme

The call for Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars Programme 2016-2017 was closed on 5 February 2016. The programme has become well-known among scholars all over the world and was this time especially popular among those focusing on questions of media and identity. Names of the Visiting Fellows 2016-2017 will be published on at the programme's site on April 6th. Sincere thanks to all applicants for their excellent applications!

Special issue of Europe-Asia Studies introduces key findings of the “Choices of Russian Modernisation” Centre of Excellence


The character of Russia’s post-Soviet modernisation has been subject to a series of changing interpretations both among Russian political leaders and analysts of Russia. Academic opinions have shifted from the assumption of a transition to Western-style liberal capitalism to Russia’s own different path of transformation.

With this complexity in mind a new Finnish Centre of Excellence: Choices of Russian Modernisation was established in 2012, based at the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki. Its aim was to create a new paradigm for studying Russian modernisation. A newly published special issue of Europe-Asia Studies “Russian Modernisation – Structures and Agencies” (Vol. 68, Issue 1, 2016), introduces some of the most significant examples of the output of the CoE’s research.



Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation


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Recent Publications

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