In a recent speech Timo Soini, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland, explored the need for greater crisis management in international affairs and identified two conditions for sustainable results:

  • The importance of local structures that can bear the responsibility for national security and stability.
  • The need for a comprehensive approach to crisis management.

Minister Soini emphasised the importance of promoting dialogue and mediation and cited the Helsinki Policy Forum as a concrete example of such an approach. More information on the full speech can be accessed here: http://formin.finland.fi/Public/default.aspx?contentid=353249