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Degree Programme in Politics

Tuomas Forsberg

Professor of International Relations
Ph.D. (University of Wales, Aberystwyth 1998)
Pinni A4079
tel. +358 294123644
Office hours:  by appointment.

On leave of absence August 2018 - August 2023 at the Helsinki Collegium Collegium for Advanced Studies

Other academic duties and memberships

Member of the Board of Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki 
Vice Chairman of the Foundation for Foreign Policy Research (Ulkopolitiikan tutkimuksen säätiö)
Member of the Advisory Council of the Finnish Insitute of International Affairs (UPI/FIIA)
Member of the Board of the Nordic International Studies Association (NISA)
Member of the Board of Finnish International Studies Association (KATSE)
Member of the Section of Social Sciences of the Scientific Advisory Board for Defence (MATINE)
Member of International Studies Association (ISA), British International Studies Association (BISA)

Research interests

International Relations theory, foreign policy analysis, peace and conflict studies, transitional justice, Russian politics, European security, EU foreign and security policy, German foreign policy, Finnish foreign policy, Nordic cooperation

Current research projects

- Academy of Finland Project on "Cultural Statecraft in International Relations: The Case of Russia" (2016-2020)

Some recent publications


The European Union and Russia. Palgrave Macmillan, London 2016. [with Hiski Haukkala] 

Ulkopolitiikkaa norsunluutornista [Foreign Policy from the Ivory Tower] Chan Puma, Tampere 2015 [with Christer Pursiainen]

(ed.) Politiikan muutos [Change in Politics]. Vastapaino, Tampere 2014. [with Tapio Raunio]

(ed.) Europe in Context. Insights to the Foreign Policy of the EU. Finnish International Studies Association [Kansainvälisten suhteiden tutkimuksen seura], Helsinki 2007. [with Timo Kivimäki and Liisa Laakso]

Divided West: European Security and Transatlantic Relationship. Blackwell, Oxford 2006. [with Graeme Herd]

(ed.) Suomi ja kriisit. Vaaran vuosista terrori-iskuihin [Finland and Crises. From the Years of Danger to the Terrorist Attacks]. Gaudeamus, Helsinki 2003. [with Raimo Lintonen, Christer Pursiainen and Pekka Visuri]

Nato-kirja [A Book on NATO]. Ajatus, Helsinki 2002.


Explaining Russian Foreign Policy towards the EU through Contrasts, International Politics, 2018, forthcoming.

The Psychological Dimension of Russian Foreign Policy: Putin and the Annexation of Crimea, Global Society, vol. 31, no. 2,  2017, pp. 220-244. [with Christer Pursiainen]

The ‘Finlandization’ of Finland: The Ideal Type, The Historical Model, and the Lessons Learned, Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol. 27. no. 3, 2016, pp. 473-495. [with Matti Pesu]

Russian Cultural Statecraft in the Eurasian Space, Problems of Post-Communism vol. 63, no. 3, 2016, pp. 129-134 [with Hanna Smith] 

‘With a Little Help from my Friends’: Russia’s Modernisation and the Visa Regime with the European Union, Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 68, no. 1, 2016, pp. 164-181. [with Sirke Mäkinen and Hanna Smith]

From Ostpolitik to ‘Frostpolitik’? Merkel, Putin and German Foreign Policy towards Russia, International Affairs, vol. 92 no. 1, 2016, pp. 21-42.

The Structuration of Russia's Geo-Economy under Economic Sanctions. Asia Europe Journal vol. 14, no. 2, 2016, 221-237 [with Pami Aalto].

Russia and NATO: From Windows of Opportunities to Closed Doors. Journal of Contemporary European Studies vol. 23, no. 1 ,2015, pp. 41-57 [with Graeme Herd].

Status conflicts between Russia and the West: Perceptions and emotional biases. Communist and Post-Communist Studies vol. 47, no. 3-4, 2014, pp. 323-331.

Status and Emotions in Russian Foreign Policy. Communist and Post-Communist Studies vol. 47 no. 3-4, 2014, pp. 261-268 [with Regina Heller and Reinhard Wolf].

The Rise of Nordic Defence Cooperation: A Return to Regionalism? International Affairs vol. 89, no, 5, 2013, pp. 1161-1181.

The Power of the EU: What Explains the EU’s (Lack of) Influence on Russia?, Politique européenne, vol. 39, no. 1, 2013, pp. 10-30.

The EU as a Normative Power (Once Again). A Conceptual Clarification of an Ideal Type, Journal of Common Market Studies vol. 49, no. 6, 2011, pp. 1183-1204. 

Review Essay: Anti-Americanism: What is It, How Can We Study It, and What Are Its Consequences, Cooperation and Conflict, vol. 44, no. 4, 2009, 443-454.

Power without Influence? The EU and Trade Disputes with Russia, Europe-Asia Studies vol. 61, no. 10, 2009, pp. 1805-23 [with Antti Seppo]

Constructive Transatlantic Strategic Dissonance: Making a Virtue out of Vice, International Politics vol. 45, no. 3, 2008, pp. 364-381. [with Graeme Herd]

Crisis Decision-Making in Finland: Cognition, Institutions and Rationality, Cooperation and Conflict, vol. 41, no. 3, 2006, pp. 235-260. [with Christer Pursiainen]

The EU, Human Rights, and the Russo-Chechen Conflict, Political Science Quarterly vol. 120, no. 3, 2005, pp. 455-478. [with Graeme Herd]

Russia's Relationship with NATO: A Qualitative Change or Old Wine in New Bottles?, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics vol. 21, no. 3, 2005, pp. 332-353.

German Foreign Policy and the War on Iraq: Anti-Americanism, Pacifism or Emancipation?, Security Dialogue vol. 36, no. 2, 2005. pp. 213-231.

Economic Incentives, Ideas and the End of the Cold War: Gorbachev and German Unification, in Nina Tannenwald and William Wohlforth (eds), Special Issue on the Role of Ideas at the End of the Cold War, Journal of Cold War Studies vol. 7, no. 2, 2005, pp. 142-64.

The EU-Russia Security Partnership: Why the Opportunity was Missed?. European Foreign Affairs Review vol. 9, no. 2, 2004, pp. 247-67.

The Ground without Foundation? Territory as a Social Construct, Geopolitics vol. 8, no. 2, 2003, pp. 7-24.

Inside the EU, Outside NATO: Paradoxes of Finland's and Sweden's Post-Neutrality. European Security vol. 10, no. 1, Spring 2001, pp. 68-93. [with Tapani Vaahtoranta]

Power, Interests and Trust: Explaining Gorbachev’s Choices at the End of the Cold War. Review of International Studies vol. 25, no. 5, 1999, pp. 603-621.

Book chapters

The Principle of Territorial Integrity in Russian International Law Doctrine: The case of Crimea in P. Sean Morris (ed.), Russian Discourses on International Law: Sociological and Philosophical Phenomenon. Routledge: Abingdon 2018, pp. 220-241 [with Christer Pursiainen]

Taking Stock of the Study of Trust in International Relations, in H. Haukkala, C. van de Wetering and J. Vuorelma (eds) Trust in International Relations: Rationalist, Constructivist, and Psychological Approaches. Routledge, Abingdon 2018. pp. 158-168.

The European Union. in Andrei Tsygankov (ed.) Handbook on Russian Foreign Policy. Routledge, New York 2018. [with Hiski Haukkala]

Finland and NATO: Strategic Choices and Identity Conceptions, in Andrew Cottey (ed.), The European Neutrals and NATO: Non-alignment, Partnership, Membership? Palgrave Macmillan, London 2018, pp. 97-127.

An Empire without an Emperor? The EU and Its Eastern Neighbourhood, in Risto Heiskala and Jari Aro (Eds), Policy Design in the European Union. Palgrave Macmillan, London 2018, pp. 253-276. [with Hiski Haukkala]

Overcoming Memory Conflicts: Russia, Finland and the Second World War. In Tea Sindbaek Andersen ja Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (eds.) Disputed Memory: Emotions and Memory Politics in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. de Gruyter, Berlin 2016, pp. 37-64.

Power in International Relations: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. In Pami Aalto, Vilho Harle and Sami Moisio (eds) International Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 2011, pp. 207-227.

The Russo-Georgian War and the EU Mediation. In Roger Kanet (ed.) Russian Policy in the 21st Century. Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke 2011, pp.121-137 [with Antti Seppo].

The Rise and Fall of Criticism Towards the United States in Transatlantic Relations:  From Anti-Americanism to Obamania. In Basil Germond, Jussi Hanhimäki and Georges-Henri Soutou (eds.) Handbook of Transatlantic Relations. Routledge, Abingdon 2010, pp. 218-230.  

Rational Choice and Psychology in Crisis Decision-Making. In Heidi Kurkinen (ed.), Strategic Decision-Making in Crisis and War. Department of Strategic and Defence Studies. Series 2: Research Reports no. 42. National Defence University, Helsinki 2010, pp. 33-63.

Post-Conflict Justice and the Finnish Civil War 1918. Reconciliation without Truth?, in Jan Klabbers (ed.) Finnish Yearbook of International Law, vol. 18. Brill, The Hague 2009, pp. 137-154.

Finnish-Russian Security Relations: Is Russia Still Seen as a Threat? In Hanna Smith (ed.) The Two-Level Game. Russia's Relations with, Great Britain, Finland and the EU. Kikimora Publications. Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki 2006, pp. 141-154.

Russland und die ESVP: Hindernisse und Anreize auf dem Weg zur Partnerschaft. In Ralph Rotte (ed.), Probleme und Perspektive der ESVP. Ars & Unitas, Neuried 2004, pp. 198-213. [with Graeme Herd]

September 11 as a Challenge to Understanding Transatlantic Relations: The Case of Sweden and Finland. In Bengt Sundelius (ed.), The Consequences of September 11. A Symposium on the Implications for the Study of International Relations. The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm 2002, pp. 151-162.

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