Dr Esko Antola has held various teaching positions at the University of Turku, as well as other Finnish universities, in the field of international relations. He was the director and co-founder of the Institute for European Studies in Turku, prior to his position as the holder of the Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence, University of Turku, 2000 - 2007. He served as a Special Advisor to the European Commission (2009 - 2010). Currently Dr Antola is the Director Centrum Balticum, a think tank specialised in Baltic Sea Issues. Dr Antola was a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University and Yale University.
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