About AR

Ari Rusila’s BalkanBlog, created by a Finnish freelancer and project management expert Ari Rusila,covers issues of conflicts, crisis management and geopolitics and regionally the Balkans, the Black Sea region and MENA (the greater Middle East and North Africa) regions. There is a Finnish version of main blog with a bit different content: Ari Rusilan BalkanBlog as well a newsportal Ari Rusila’s Conflicts where real-time news of my topics are automatically generated from different sources. And finally Themes of Ari Rusila includes some his minicourses for e-learning purpose. This site is still partly under construction.

Ari Rusila

Expert of crisis management and Balkans; professional blogger and project manager.




Address: Polttolinja 17 B 10, FIN-40520 Jyväskylä

Phone: +358(0)406837654

E-mail: rusilaari@yahoo.se

AriRusila’s BalkanBlog main blog

Themes of Ari Rusila -minicources, articles & lectures

Ari Rusila’s Conflicts  -news portal

2009 Blogger, European Journalist Centre: Blogging in EJC’s TH!NK ABOUT IT 1 -campaign, I got one of the “Quality Blogging Awards”. 2004-2007, Project manager, Jyväskylä Univer-sity of Applied Sc.: int. (FIN, SCO, NOR, SWE) Integrated Approach to Watercourses (NorWat) -project, progress and financial responsibility, budget m1,2 €
2000-2002, EU municipal Expert, European Agency for Reconstruction, Kosovo, (SRB): Capacity building of local administration, project management/ coordination, business registration; youth, culture and sport sectors. Team leader of municipal strategy. 1998-1999, Project co-ordinator, Municipality of Salla (FIN) and City of Kovdor (RUS): Forestry & SME development project with EU/TACIS-funding in Kovdor, Murmansk region, Russia. Project management, progress and economical responsibility.
1983-1998, Development officer, Municipality of Salla (FIN): development and business services, Barents cooperation, strategies and actionplans. 1981-1983, Development Officer, Municipality of Kannonkoski (FIN): planning and business services, rural projects.
1977-1980 Master of Arts, University of Jyväskylä, FIN (social science and philosophy) 1973-1976 Matriculation exam, Jyväskylä lyseé, FIN
∞≈ advanced training +100 courses in 14 different countries; topics: development, project management 1976 A-trainer (+previous B ja C-exams), SVUL (Finnish Sport Association)
Qualifications & Skills
¤ Experience 1: Project Cycle management at all it’s levels ¤ I have learned to work as a member of multicultural team as well also individually
¤ Experience 2: Participatory Planning Methods and “Time manager” practice ¤ Russia trained me to find practical solutions between chaotic field work and western regulations.
¤ Experience 3: LogFrame Approach at programme and project levels, in regional and local strategies ¤ Lapland trained lead projects from ideas via strategies and action plans to implementation
¤ My work in Kosovo and follow-up activities gave me clear picture of problems in Balkans. ¤ Languages: English good, german and swedish fair, alphabets of Russia. Finnish native language.

  • Peace and Collaborative Development network
  • Anna Lindh Foundation National network
  • Left Alliance (FIN) International WG
  • European Journalism Centre/online community
  • Cafebabel.com babelblogger;
  • Blogactiv.eu,,Europe’s Word, Allvoices.com and Instablogs.com contributor
  •  G.N.S. Press Ass. Inc. & European News Agency
  •  International Press Card
My Motto(s)
    • Blue visions – real implementation (project management) 
    • The other Side of the Story (journalism)


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