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Mika Aaltola


Mika Aaltola (Finland) is a professor of International Relations European studies at Tallinn University. In addition, professor Aaltola works as the Director of the Global Security Programme at the Finnish Institute of International affairs. Previously, he was an Academy of Finland Research fellow (2008-2010), Visiting professor at the University of Minnesota (2006-2008) and a University lecture at the University of Tampere (2006-2008). His international monographs has examined the US foreign policy culture (Brill 2008), the relationship between power politics and humanitarianism (Palgrave 2009), global pandemic security and politics (Routledge 2012), and global connectedness, flows and geopolitics of interdependence (Ashgate 2014). He has been a visiting researcher at Johns Hopkins, Cambridge University.

Matthew Crandall


Matthew Crandall (USA) is an associate professor of International Relations at Tallinn University and the International Relations master's programme administrator. He completed his PhD from Tallinn University and his Master's degree from the University of Tartu. His research interests include small state security and soft security threats. He has published in Contemporary Security Policy, Defence Studies, East European Politics, and Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe.

Read an article written by Matthew Crandall about "Trumping Up Baltic Foreign Security Policies". Read Matthew Crandall's thought about why "Estonia is a very connected place".
Check out the one minute lecture "What Does the Chaning World Order Mean for Small States?" by Matthew Crandall.
Check out Matthew Crandall's post in the TLU blog where he discribes a panel discussion “US-EU relations in the Trump era”

Also find out how "International Relations' students in Tallinn University Learn from the Very Best"!

Tiiu Pohl


Tiiu Pohl (Estonia) is a lecturer of International Relations and international security at Tallinn University. She has PhD in sociology and has worked in the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Estonian School of Diplomacy, Tallinn University of Technology, Cornell University and Columbia University (USA), Helsinki University (Finland). Her research interests include Russian foreign, security and defense policies as well as international security theoretical aspects and conflict studies.