The mission of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) is to promote the analytical discussion of international affairs in Finland and thereby to support decision-making in the field of foreign policy. The FIIA produces information that is up to date, suitably adapted and easy to digest. The main research areas are the EU's foreign, security and defense policies, Russia and its relationship to 'the West', transatlantic relations, terrorism, China's societal development and democratization in the Middle East.
The areas of emphasis in the FIIA's research are: Finnish foreign and security policy, EU foreign and security policy, The enlargement of the EU, Democracy and globalization: dialogue between the EU and Africa, The security of the Nordic-Baltic region, Russia and the EU, The Taiwan question, China’s transforming society. The Middle East project concentrates on Arab reforms and external influence on Middle East.