Rinna Kullaa

The Principal Investigator

Is the Principal Investigator of the five-year RUSMED-project sponsored by the Academy of Finland (2015-2020), is currently a Visiting Professor at the Institute for East European History at the University of Vienna 2017, a Visiting Professor at the Centre d’ Histoire, and the Department of History at Sciences Po in Paris (2015-2017), and is on leave from a tenure track professorship in Global History at the University of Tampere. She is a historian of contemporary international relations who currently works in addition to Russian/Soviet influence in the Mediterranean on the political issues related to the construction of European Union’s foreign policy.

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Rinna Kullaa is one of the leading area studies experts for South- Eastern Europe and Russian foreign policy. Her alma mater is Columbia University. She completed her postgraduate studies at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and her doctorate at the University of Maryland. Her monograph Non- Alignment and its Origins in Cold War Europe: Finland, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Challenge (IB Tauris, 2012) won the 2013 honourable mention of the Marshall Shulman Book Prize awarded by the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.

She has served as an international expert in a number of commissions, including the UK Parliament House of Lords, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The Foreign Ministry of Finland, The United States’ Department of State, The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, Washington, D.C. and the EU- Russia Centre in Brussels. She has given political commentary for Radio Free Europe, Bloomberg News, The Monocle, Democratic Audit UK – the research unit based at the Public Policy Group in the LSE’s Government Department, The Conversation UK, Banka magazine of the Croatian financial sector and Finnish Public radio among others. 

Kullaa is a member of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes Governance and Development Working Group. She is a reviewer for Contemporary European History journal of Cambridge University Press, the Diplomatic History journal of Oxford University Press and Histoire@Politique: Politique, culture, société online journal of Sciences Po University.

Her publications and recent comments include:

"Europe Needs to Learn How to Work with Turkey while Keeping Democracy Alive"



"António Guterres may not be an Eastern European woman, but he’s the right person to lead the UN" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-conversation-global/antonio-guterres-may-not_b_12426608.html

"Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union EU Enlargement." https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/388422/BoC_EUEnlargement_acc.pdf

"Non-alignment and Its Origins in Cold War Europe: Yugoslavia, Finland and the Soviet Challenge."