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The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has resulted in much discussion of European Security and whether or not current arrangements and resources are adequate to deter threats. While much of the discussion has focused on NATO, former President of Finland, Martti Ahtissari, spoke to us about a more holistic view of how security is achieved and maintained.

Martti Ahtisaari  served as the tenth President of Finland from 1994 to 2000. He is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a United Nations diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work. In October 2008, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his efforts on several continents, over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts." 


Martti Ahtisaari

Former President of Finland
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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting Europe’s relations with the rest of the world through scholars-in-residence, seminars, international conferences and publications. These programmatic activities cover wide-ranging topics include: European energy security, the role of the European Union and NATO, democratic transitions, and counter-terrorism, among others. The program also investigates comparatively European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including migration, global governance, and relations with Russia, China and the Middle East.  Read more