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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.
Office closed 19.6.-2.8.2015
The office of the Aleksanteri Institute will be closed from 19th June to 2nd August. Have a good summer and see you in August!
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.
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.
The Arctic paradox and Russia's energy policy
|Through its use of the Arctic, Russia tries to fortify the idea that it is a global Energy superpower, writes Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen in issue 3/2015 of Aleksanteri Insight|
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!|
J.V. Snellman Award to the Aleksanteri Institute
Photo: Linda Tammisto
The Aleksanteri Institute was presented with J.V. Snellman Public Information Award by the University of Helsinki on the 22nd of April, 2015. The reasons for the award stated that the Institute has succesfully promoted academic views and insights about issues related to Russia and Eastern Europe. Researchers at the Institute are able to quickly react on the arising questions and they present their comments and analysis in a way that serves the needs of the Finnish society. The Aleksanteri Institute works hard to establish effective ways to contribute to the discussions in politics, business and the society at large.
Fifteen Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows for 2015-2016
Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows for the academic year 2015–2016 have been selected. Altogether 177 applications were received by the deadline of February 20th. While the selection of proposals was based on academic excellence, it also strove to take into account a balance between the nominated Visiting Fellows’ projects and the various research foci and regions covered by the Aleksanteri Institute.
Visiting Fellows for the academic year 2015-2016 are:
- Cox Terry
- Denisova-Schmidt Elena
- Dimitrov Martin
- Ghodsee Kristen
- Leichtova Magdalena
- March Luke
- Navumau Vasil
- Obradovic-Wochnik Jelena
- Pinsky Anatoly
- Plets Gertjan
- Reeves Madeleine
- Sokhibov Akmal
- Steila Daniela
- Tarasenko Anna
We wish to sincerely thank all those who were interested in coming to the Aleksanteri Institute.
Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation
- Authoritarian Russia: Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes. Gel'man, V. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015
- Venäjän palatseissa ja kaduilla. Kivinen, M. & Vähäkylä, L. (eds.). Gaudeamus, 2015
- "The Approved and the Disapproved Islam in Russia", Aitamurto, K. In: Religion, Politics and Nation-Building in Post-Communist Countries by Simons, G. & Westerlund, D. (eds.). Ashgate, 2015
- "Russia and NATO: From Windows of Opportunities to Closed Doors", Forsberg, T. & Herd, G. In: Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 41-57.
- "Political Opposition in Russia: A Troubled Transformation", Gel'man, V. In: Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 67, Issue 2, pp. 177-191.
- "Ветеранские организации как заинтересованные группы: возможности и ограничения клиентелизма для защиты социальных прав в регионах России", Tarasenko, A. & Kulmala, M. In: Препринт М-42/15 (Серия препринтов; Центр исследований модернизации). European University at St. Petersburg, 2015, 36 p.