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Dr Petri Hakkarainen


Senior Diplomatic Advisor

Petri Hakkarainen is a Counsellor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Finland, seconded to the GCSP since August 2015. He started his diplomatic career in 2006 and served at the Finnish embassy in Berlin from 2007 to 2012. In 2012-2013 Hakkarainen was on leave from the MFA and worked as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam. Before moving to Geneva he was the Acting Director for Policy Planning and Research at the MFA in Helsinki.

Dr Hakkarainen received his Master's Degree in Political History and International Relations at the University of Helsinki and went on to do his Doctoral Degree in Modern History at the University of Oxford. He is the author of "A State of Peace in Europe: West Germany and the CSCE, 1966-1975" (Berghahn Books 2011), based on the Oxford D.Phil. thesis for which he received the Willy Brandt Prize in 2009. In addition to his native Finnish he is proficient in English, German and Swedish, and has a good knowledge of French and Spanish.

At the GCSP Dr Hakkarainen works in the Emerging Security Challenges Programme and runs the History and Policymaking course. His areas of expertise include: uses of history, European security, foresight and futures, climate and energy policies, and the impact of new technologies on foreign and security policy.

Recent publications:

When History Meets Policy: Understanding the Past to Shape the Future

Trust and Realpolitik: The OSCE in 2016 (co-authored with Christian Nünlist)