International exchange is crucial for small fields
When the Aleksanteri Institute launched its Ukrainian Studies programme in 2008, there was very little academic expertise in Ukraine available...
Which is better for the environment, democracy or dictatorship?
An authoritarian system can efficiently tackle environmental problems the existence of which it acknowledges. However, it is bad at discerning...
Kone funded fellowship programme enhances academic cooperation
In January the Aleksanteri Institute welcomed this year's first Young Russian Scholar Helsinki Fellowship Program (YRUSH) visiting fellow...
The shipping container: an invention that revolutionized trade and turned the world into a giant conveyor belt
Maritime transport fuels global trade. But is it already too cheap to be sustainable?
Who runs Russia's prisons? Judith Pallot, who transferred from Oxford to Helsinki, knows prison hierarchy
In Perm, Russia, Professor Judith Pallot met prisoners who were picking mushrooms. Most of the locals are current or former prison camp inmates.
What keeps Putin in power?
Russian society has a profound desire for order. Few will criticise the leader for exercising power, as those who do will have to face the...
Digital Russia Studies — one year in
Digital Russia Studies, a new multidisciplinary initiative introduced only this year has taken off with good speed. The core group of four...
1989 – a revolution or the end of a revolution?
ALEKSANTERI INSIGHT 5/2018. The roots of the year 1989 date back at least to the year 1968, when the socialist revolution reached its tipping...