Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

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AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
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Lunch seminar on regional separatism and European integration
Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Lunch seminar 5.3.2020 on Thursday 5.3.2020 at 11.30-12.30 in hotel Arkipelag’s restaurant.
"Regional separatism and European integration – Catalonia, Scotland and the EU"
Speaker: Niklas Bremberg


Research intern in spring 2020: Mari Ek
Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Mari1Mari Ek is a research intern at the Åland Islands Peace Institute from February to April 2020. In her studies in the Master’s programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research at the University of Tampere, she has focused on human rights, migration, humanitarian aid and gender-based violence. During her internship at the Peace Institute, Mari will assist in e.g. research projects, publication databases and in organizational tasks related to the Kastelholm Talks on Peace.



Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 1/2020
Tuesday, 04 February 2020

Nyhetsbrev från Ålands fredsinstitut 1/2020

Newsletter from the Åland Islands Peace Institute 1/2020


  • Margot Wallström, KG Hammar and Marja Lehto among the speakers at the Kastelholm talks
  • Lunch seminar on the pre-requisites for growth on 12th February
  • New employees at the Peace Institute
  • Research meeting for the upcoming book on democracy


  • Margot Wallström, KG Hammar och Marja Lehto talar under Kastelholmssamtalen 2020
  • Lunchseminarium om tillväxtens nya villkor 12 februari
  • Nyanställda vid fredsinstitutet
  • Forskarmöte inför kommande antologi om demokrati

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Lunch seminar on the new pre-requisites for economic growth
Monday, 03 February 2020

Lunch seminar on Wednesday, 12.2.2020 at 11.30-12.30 in Hotel Arkipelag's restaurant.
“The new conditions for economic growth. How is Åland affected by the mega trends?”
Speaker: Jouko Kinnunen, ÅSUB


Margot Wallström, KG Hammar and Marja Lehto among the speakers at the Kastelholm talks
Thursday, 30 January 2020

When the Åland Islands Peace Institute organises the Kastelholm Talks on Peace for the sixth time, the theme is “War, Peace and the Environment”. The Kastelholm talks are recurring conversations about peace, under the patronage of the former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen. The talks are always held in connection to Åland’s demilitarisation day, which is 30 March. The talks of 2020 will be held on Monday, 30 March.


The conversation begins with a panel discussion at the castle of Kastelholm with a panel consisting of Ms. Margot Wallström, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Swedish Government and EU Commissioner; Mr. KG Hammar, theologian, priest and Swedish archbishop and Ms. Marja Lehto, Ambassador, Associate Professor of International Law and Senior Adviser at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Moderator is the Peace Institute’s Director, Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark.


Thereafter, the discussion continues in round table form at nearby restaurant, Smakbyn. The discussion begins with three commentators reflecting on this year’s theme, after which there is an open discussion with the panel from the castle and the audience. The audience consists of invited guests from the neighbouring region, in addition to a number of open seats to which interested parties can register. This year's commentators are Ms. Pella Thiel, ecologist, systemic activist and cultural change agent; Mr. Mikael Sjövall, journalist, communicator and career diplomat at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Ms. Emma Hakala, Doctor in Political History at the University of Helsinki. Moderator is Ms. Petra Granholm, Research Coordinator at the Åland Island Peace Institute.

The theme of this year, War, Peace and the Environment, is important at a time characterized by severe climate change, declining biodiversity and environmental anxiety. At the same time, global tensions and militarisation are increasing. The Kastelholm Peace Talks give the opportunity to discuss and draw attention to the links between peace and environmental issues. Which are the environmental effects of war? Are we at peace with nature or are we at war with it? What does it mean for environmental work that the concept of security has been recently expanded and now also includes environmental aspects? Are the principles of humanitarian law sufficient to tackle the environmental consequences of armed conflicts? And what role does environmental work have as a factor for peace?

Nyhetsbrev /Newsletter 4/2019
Thursday, 19 December 2019

Nyhetsbrev från Ålands fredsinstitut 4/2019

Newsletter from the Åland Islands Peace Institute 4/2019


  • The many-faceted character of autonomy explored in new issue of The Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies
  • The Kastelholm talks 2020: War, peace and the environment
  • Save the dates: Lunch seminars on 12 February and 5 March
  • New research project: What has the EU implied for Åland? 


  • Kastelholmssamtalen 2020 har temat krig, fred och miljö
  • Nya numret av JASS belyser mångskiftande självstyrelse
  • Notera datumen: lunchseminarier 12 februari och 5 mars
  • Nytt forskningsprojekt: Vad har EU betytt för Åland?

Läs nyhetsbrevet här.

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Kastelholm talks 2020: War, peace and the environment
Thursday, 19 December 2019

On March 30, 2020 (Monday), the Åland Peace Institute will host Kastelholm talks on peace in Kastelholm, Åland. The Kastelholm talks are recurring talks with a peace theme held under the auspices of President Tarja Halonen, in connection with the Åland Demilitarisation Day on March 30. The Kastelholm talks 2020 have the theme of War, Peace and the Environment.
Our time is characterized by severe climate change, declining biodiversity and climate anxiety. At the same time, global tensions and military armament are increasing. It is therefore necessary to discuss the links between peace and the environment. Are we in tune with nature or are we at war with it? For several decades, the concept of security has been broadened and now also encompasses environmental aspects. What role does such a broadening of the concept of security play, and what significance does it have in terms of actions for the environment? What role does sustainability work play as a peace factor?

The Kastelholm talks consist of two parts. First, a panel discussion is held in the Kastelholm Castle. The conversation wants to promote dialogue, rather than debate. Thereafter, a more informal and open round table conversation is arranged, located at the nearby restaurant Smakbyn.

The speakers will be presented and invitations will be sent out in January and February. In March, it will be possible to register for open seats. More information will come in the next newsletter and in social media.


Latest issue of the e-journal JASS
Thursday, 12 December 2019

The Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies (JASS) is a peer-reviewed, open access e-journal published by the Åland Islands Peace Institute (AIPI), Mariehamn, Åland, Finland. The journal addresses its overarching theme of peace and security from the perspectives of autonomy, demilitarisation, and minority protection.

This thematic issue, volume 3, issue 2, covers a viewpoint at the intersection of party research and self-government research, a thorough quantitative analysis of scholars and themes within the autonomy field, and  case studies from South Tyrol and Hong Kong. It is the hope of the editors that this range demonstrates the many-faceted and therefore politically useful character of the autonomy concept.

The Vol. 3 Issue 2 of JASS includes the following materials:


Exploring the Role of Regional Parties in the Nordic Autonomies: Why Entrenched Self-Government Matters - Maria Ackrén and Jan Sundberg

Research Notes

Publication and Collaboration Patterns in Autonomy Research – A Bibliometric Analysis - Felix Schulte

Consensus Impossible? South Tyrol’s Autonomy Convention and the issue of Self-determination - Marc Röggla


Oil on Water: Some Personal Musings on Hong Kong’s Summer of Protests - Jennifer Eagleton

The issue can be found at www.jass.ax, where you can also register to subscribe to coming issues.

jass förstasida

Lunch seminar 12 November 2019: Does the EU suffer from a democratic deficit?
Monday, 28 October 2019

Lunchseminarium Allan Rosas

Lunch seminar on Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 11.30-12.30 in hotel Arkipelag's restaurant.

Does the EU suffer from a democratic deficit?

Speaker: Allan Rosas

The so-called democratic deficit of the EU has long been a subject of debate and brought with it various types of change within the Union. How should this discussion and criticism be understood? How has it influenced European co-operation?

Allan Rosas, with his long experience of legal issues in Finland and the EU, discusses the criticism of the democratic deficit and the EU's willingness and ability to meet it.

Lunch seminar 24 October 2019: Hybrid threats - how do they affect the demilitarisation and neutralisation of Åland?
Thursday, 17 October 2019

Lunchseminarium Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark

Lunch seminar on Thursday 24 October 2019 at 11.30-12.30 in hotel Arkipelag's restaurant.

Hybrid threats - how do they affect the demilitarisation and neutralisation of Åland?

Speaker: Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark

Hybrid threats have been defined as a mixture of conventional and unconventional methods (i.e. diplomatic, military, economic and technological) that can be used by state or non-state actors to achieve specific goals - often in a grey zone between war and peace. Hybrid threat is also a fashionable term that frequently occurs in reports, at new institutions and in various statements. Do these hybrid threats pose a threat to Åland's demilitarisation and neutralisation? Based on the results of many years of research in international law and demilitarisation, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark discusses how Åland should reason about and relate to the hybrid threat.