Kristi Raik

Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the ICDS

Areas of expertise: Estonia’s foreign, security and EU policy; Europe in the changing global order; EU foreign and security policy; EU-Russia relations; Eastern Partnership; Finland’s foreign and security policy
Languages: English, Finnish, Estonian

Dr Kristi Raik is the Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the International Centre for Defence and Security since February 2018. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku.

Kristi has previously served inter alia as a Senior Research Fellow and Acting Programme Director at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki; an official at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union in Brussels; and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels and the International Centre for Policy Studies in Kyiv. Kristi has a PhD from the University of Turku. She has published, lectured and commented widely on European foreign and security policy.

Kristi’s latest publications include ‘The security strategies of the US, China, Russia and the EU: Living in different worlds’, co-authored with Mika Aaltola, Jyrki Kallio & Katri Pynnöniemi (FIIA Report 56, Helsinki: Finnish Institute of International Affairs, 2018); ‘EU-Russia Relations in the New Putin Era: Not much light at the end of the tunnel’, co-authored with András Rácz (Report, Tallinn: International Centre for Defence and Security/ Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, June 2018); and ‘The Ukraine Crisis as a Conflict over Europe’s Political, Economic and Security Order’, an article published in Geopolitics, December 2017.


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