Russian security policy – research in Finland and development trends in Russia

The first part of the two-piece project consists of an evaluation of peer-reviewed research on Russian
security policy, conducted in Finland in 2011-2015. The second part is based on an analysis of Russia’s
key security policy trends. In this part, Russia’s goals, resources and ability to carry out its goals in
defence, economy, societal and state security, and the effect on Finland are evaluated. The report
recommends the construction of a strategy on Russian security policy research, which would
concentrate on crucial, but less studied themes. Based on the evaluation of Russia’s security
developments, the report offers recommendations for Finland’s foreign and security policy. It is essential
that Finnish decision makers assess Russia’s development in a comprehensive manner and are
prepared for various alternatives.