The contemporary security scene is characterised by pronounced regional instability and a complex combination of both traditional geopolitical and new “hybrid” security threats. For Finland, the potential threats derive particularly from Russia’s increasingly assertive actions on the geopolitical arena, extensive uncontrolled migration, cross-border crime and extremism, but also from the internal socioeconomic inequalities. This consortium seeks to analyse the security challenges to the resilience of Finnish society and to enlarge the knowledge basis for understanding security issues and potential threats as they pertain to Finland in particular and Europe more generally. The specific focus of our work is on the interwoven nature of external and internal security that we approach through the prism of borders. Borders are an interface between domestic concerns and wider interstate and intercultural contexts that have fundamental impact on security of Finnish society at various levels.
Professor James Scott
University of Eastern Finland