Katja Lehtisaari
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Aleksanteri Institute
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Aleksanteri Insight - Snapshots of Eurasia

Aleksanteri Insight is a series of expert opinions, published by the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki since 2013. It presents in a short format analysis of specific issues, their underlying causes and implications in the Eurasian context. The expert views address different trends, grasp hidden agendas and provide context to popular media headlines.


4/2017 The Independence of Finland and the Role of Chance

In 1917, Finland was released from the logic of war and found itself in a situation where there was a lack of legitimate authority in Russia but those who had taken power were ready to recognise Finland's independence, Markku Kangaspuro writes.

Aleksanteri Insight 4/2017


3/2017 Russia 2030: development after fossil fuels?

The long-term future of Russia's fossil fuel reliant development model is uncertain, writes Pami Aalto.

Aleksanteri Insight 3/2017


2/2017 Russia, China and a new Eurasian regional order?

Differences between the New Silk Road and the Eurasian Economic Union may prevent Sino- Russian competition in Eurasia, writes Marcin Kaczmarski.

Aleksanteri Insight 2/2017


1/2017 A local perspective on energy development in the high north

To date, the impact of the federal energy policy on local sustainable development has not been systematically investigated, writes Daria Gritsenko.

Aleksanteri Insight 1/2017


5/2016 Child welfare reform in Russia

It is a major risk in child welfare reform in Russia to focus on decorative institutional renovation, writes Academy of Finland Post-doctoral Fellow Meri Kulmala.

Aleksanteri Insight 5/2016



4/2016 Migration and Parallel Legal Orders in Russia

Russia needs to be understood not only in terms of its formal politics and macro-level developments, but also in terms of everyday micro-level spaces of power, writes Rustam Urinboyev.

Aleksanteri Insight 4/2016


3/2016 The role of experts in Russian policy-making

Expert opinion is an important source of alternative policy advice at times when solutions that have already been tried have failed, writes Marina Khmelnitskaya.

Aleksanteri Insight 3/2016



2/2016 "Hybrid Warfare" as a Quasi-theory of Russian Foreign Policy?

The evaluation of almost every Russian foreign policy decision as part of a coordinated hybrid warfare campaign oversimplifies the country's foreign policy aims and intentions, writes Bettina Renz.

Aleksanteri Insight 2/2016



1/2016 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.

Aleksanteri Insight 1/2016

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6/2015 Eastern Response to the Migration Crisis

The EU's decision-making capacity is strongly guided by the Eastern members, representing an increasingly unified stand opposing Western proposals regarding the solution to the migration crisis, writes Katalin Miklóssy in issue 6/2015 of Aleksanteri Insight.

Aleksanteri Insight 6/2015.



5/2015 Russia's Cultural Policy: Stories behind the Media Headlines

Kremlin guidelines for cultural policies define tools for cultural marginalization in the name of "Russian mentality", writes Sanna Turoma in issue 5/2015 of Aleksanteri Insight.

Aleksanteri Insight 5/2015 (pdf)



4/2015 Elite Consolidation in Ukraine through the Lustration Law?

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

Aleksanteri Insight 4/2015 (pdf)



3/2015 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 Insight 3/2015 (pdf)


2/2015 The Unclear History of Ukrainian Statehood

The history of Ukrainian statehood has always been closely interlinked with Russian statehood, contributing to Russia's attitude to Ukraine, writes Jeremy Smith in issue 2/2015 of Aleksanteri Insight.

Aleksanteri Insight 2/2015 (pdf)


1/2015 The New Rules for the Advertising Market in Russian TV

The recent changes in media regulation in Russia seem to be leading towards the same goal of increasing manoeuvring by the state, states Katja Lehtisaari in issue 1/2015 of Aleksanteri Insight.

Aleksanteri Insight 1/2015 (pdf)

6/2014 Paradoxes of Democratisation in Central Asia

A civil society which fights for the freedom of expression is a better guarantee of freedom than the benevolence of the government, writes Jukka Pietiläinen in issue 6/2014 of Aleksanteri Insight.

Aleksanteri Insight 6/2014 (pdf)


5/2014 The Ukrainian Crisis and Russia's Domestic Agenda

The project of authoritarian modernisation has been sacrificed for the sake of securitisation in Russia, writes Vladimir Gel'man in issue 5/2014 of Aleksanteri Insight, entitled "The Ukrainian Crisis and Russia's Domestic Agenda".

Aleksanteri Insight 5/2014 (pdf)


4/2014 Why is the Russian model tempting for the Eastern group of the EU?

Political trends in the Eastern Group might create a Trojan horse effect inside the EU, writes Katalin Miklóssy.

Aleksanteri Insight 4/2014 (pdf)


3/2014 Russia and the EU: Calculating the New Status Quo

Russia has increasingly acted in a belligerent manner towards the EU, which has set the new tone for the Russia-EU relationship, writes Irina Busygina, a visiting fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute.

Aleksanteri Insight 3/2014 (pdf)


2/2014 Is the islamization of Russia a real threat?

Islamization is not threatening Russia, but creating images of threat and discrimination against Muslims may enforce the radicalization of Islam in Russia, writes Kaarina Aitamurto, a researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute.

Aleksanteri Insight 2/2014 (pdf)


1/2014 Will the Olympic Games save Putin's authority?

The Olympic Games in Sochi will show whether Putin is a leader of a significant great power or simply a weak tsar, writes Hanna Smith, a researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute in the first issue of the year of the Aleksanteri Insight.

Aleksanteri Insight 1/2014 (pdf)


2/2013 Aleksei Navalny – Russia's Modern Populist?

The mass protests in Russia opened the door for new populism and politicians like Aleksei Navalny, writes Dr. Jussi Lassila in the second issue of Aleksanteri Insight.

Aleksanteri Insight 2/2013 (pdf)



1/2013 Has Russia Graduated from the West?

For the foreseeable future, Moscow will continue to play on both Western and non-Western chess boards, writes Andrei Tsygankov, professor
at San Francisco State University, Departments of Political Science and International Relations, USA and a Visiting Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute in 2013.

Aleksanteri Insight 1/2013 (pdf)