Director of the Visiting Fellows Programme
Anna Korhonen
Head of International Affairs
tel. +358-(0)50-563 63 07

Eeva Korteniemi
tel. +358-(0)50-4150 571

aleksanteri-fellows [at]

Aleksanteri Institute
P.O.Box 42 (Unioninkatu 33)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

aleksanteri [at]
firstname.lastname [at]

Location & Connections


Visiting Researchers


Dr. Yoko Hirose

Professor of the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University, Research Associate of the Slavic Research Centre at Hokkaido University and Research Fellow of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Study of Monotheistic Religions (CISMOR) at Doshisha University, Japan.

Visiting researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute from March 2017 to March 2018.
Contact email:


Yoko Hirose is Professor of the Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University. She obtained her PhD from Keio University (Media and Governance). She completed the Master’s program at the University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics. She conducted research in Azerbaijan in 2000 under the Akino Memorial Research Fellowship of the United Nations University. She specialises in international politics, regional studies of the former Soviet Union, conflict and peace studies. Her book Caucasus – the Crossroads of International Relations (Shueisya, 2008, in Japanese) was awarded the Special Prize of the Asia-Pacific Award. Her English publications include "Aspects of Genocide in Azerbaijan," Comparative Genocide Studies, Vol.2, 2005/2006; "Visions for Mountainous Karabakh: From the Azerbaijanis and the Armenians,” in Visions of Azerbaijan, The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict over Karabakh from History to Future Peace Prospects, 2007; “The Need for Standard Policies on State Recognition: The Case of the Russia-Georgia War, Georgia, and Azerbaijan From 2008 to Early 2012,” International Relations and Diplomacy, January 2014, Vol. 2, No. 1; “Analyzing the Upsurge of Violence and Mediation in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict,” Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, Vol.3, No. 1, 2014 (with Grazvydas Jasutis); “Japan-Russia Relations: Toward a Peace Treaty and Beyond,” in Yuki Tatsumi ed., Japan’s Global Diplomacy: Views from the Next Generation, Washington DC, Stimson Center, 2015; “Unrecognized States in the Former USSR and Kosovo: A Focus on Standing Armies,” Open Journal of Political Science, Vol.6, No.1, 2016; “The Complexity of Nationalism in Azerbaijan,” International Journal of Social Science Studies, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 2016; “Recent Views in Japan Concerning Sino-Russian Relations,” The ASAN FORUM, March - April 2017 Vol.5, No.2.

Short description of ongoing research:
Professor Hirose’s research at the Aleksanteri Institute analyses the system of new nation states and political entities in the post-Cold War period, focusing on the comparative study of the unrecognized states around Europe. As many of the unrecognized states around Europe came into being as a result of the Russian policy on the ‘near abroad’, Professor Hirose’s research will focus on the Russian policy on each of the cases of the unrecognized states, eventually comparing these cases with one another. During this academic year, she will focus in particular on the case of Transnistria after the Ukrainian Crisis. This research also relates to peace research and utilises the strong Nordic experience in this field. She will try to analyse some examples in the Arctic region and the Baltic Sea area, such as the Åland islands, Barents cooperation, for thinking about the resolution, concession or prevention of frozen conflicts.