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In November 2009, the ‘Law on Amendments to the “Law on Defence”’ proposed by President Medvedev entered into force. It allows the Kremlin to dispatch troops outside Russia for four purposes: to counter armed attacks against Russian armed forces, other troops and bodies deployed beyond its borders; to counter or prevent armed attack against another country if this country has requested Russia to do so; to protect Russian citizens abroad from an armed attack; and to combat piracy and guarantee the safety of shipping.

The Report (pdf) : UPI_Briefing_Paper_47_2009.pdf UPI_Briefing_Paper_47_2009.pdf

About the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) is an independent, research-based think tank operating in conjunction with the Finnish Parliament.
FIIA was established in its present form in 2007, having existed up to that point and since the 1960s as a private foundation.
The Institute's aim is to produce policy-relevant analysis on a strategic level in order to improve decision-making as well as public awareness in Finland. The Institute is involved in academic and public discussion in its field, and the research work carried out by the staff utilizes both national and international networks.
FIIA currently has four ongoing research programmes: the European Union, International Politics of Natural Resources and the Environment, Russia in the Regional and Global Context, and Transformation of the World Order.
The Institute has a broad and active outreach programme intended for decision-makers, researchers, civil servants, NGOs and the media. We emphasize on-line publishing, producing research reports, working papers and briefing papers, mainly in English, as well as a quarterly journal in Finnish. Our events are tailored to specific target audiences and they attract both national and international speakers and audiences.
The Institute houses a public library specializing in international relations.
FIIA currently employs about 45 people, over half of whom are researchers. Primary funding is provided by the Parliament, while additional funding is raised for specific research projects.

Street address:
Kruunuvuorenkatu 4
00160 Helsinki

Postal address:
PL 400
00161 Helsinki

Tel. 0206 111 700
Fax 0206 111 799

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Source : http://www.europesworld.org/
NEWSLETTER #43 - EW Issue 13 - Autumn 09

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