Spring 2024 update

(29 May 2024)

The STRAX project has now been up and running for over a year. Although updates on this website have not been appearing as frequently as we would have hoped, the team has not led a quiet life. A couple of publications have been added. Niklas Helwig discusses “the European Zeitenwende” and the need for a European strategic culture. Katariina Mustasilta’s paper discusses the key external and internal drivers that influence the EU’s conflict and crisis responses in the era of strategic competition. Anton Staffans writes (in Finnish) about the UK’s security and defence policy in the Indo-Pacific region.


The main milestone of this year is our panel at the EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations (PEC) in August in Lille. The title of the panel is Strategic cultures in flux? Examining the drivers and venues of change in European strategic culture(s) and five papers by the STRAX team will be presented there. We are very excited to finally present the work that is being done. Stay tuned for more info on the panel in the near future!


Below a picture from our team meeting in February.

STRAX is now live!

The project kicked off with a workshop gathering the Advisory Board and other external experts on 20-21 March in Helsinki, including a public seminar at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs on the 22th.

Recording of the STRAX seminar in the link below:

A European Zeitenwende? Russia’s war of aggression and evolving Strategic Cultures in Europe

STRAX Release on Strategic Culture:

STRAX release: Four Points about Strategic Culture (in Finnish)

STRAX Podcast episode:

STRAX Podcast episode: Sotataidon ytimessä – Strateginen kulttuuri ja sen tutkimus (in Finnish)

STRAX kickoff meeting, March 2023, Helsinki