Katri Pynnöniemi is Associate Professor at the University of Helsinki (Aleksanteri-institute) and holds Mannerheim Chair of Russian Security Studies. The joint professorship between the University of Helsinki and the National Defense University was established in August 2017. Katri Pynnöniemi holds Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in international relations (IR) from the University of Tampere, Finland.

Previously Pynnöniemi has worked as a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute for International Affairs. She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Tarto, Estonia (2012), Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm (2016) and the Wilson Center, Kennan Institute, Washington D.C. (2017). She is a member of The Scientific Advisory Board for Defence (MATINE).

Pynnöniemi has published widely on the system change in Russia and on Russian foreign and security policy. Her current research deals with Russia's threat perceptions and strategic thinking. Her latest publications include edited book Nexus of Patriotism and Militarism in Russia: Quest for internal unity (Helsinki University Press, 2021); with Minna Ojala “Perceptions of hybrid war in Russia: Means, targets and objectives identified in the Russian debate” (Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 2020); “Russia’s National Security Strategy: Analysis of Conceptual Evolution” (Journal of Slavic Military Studies, 2018).


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