Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

Hamngatan 4
AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Tel. +358 18 15570
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the Åland Example


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Research intern in autumn 2019: Calle Koskela
Thursday, 19 September 2019

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Calle Koskela is a research intern at the Åland Islands Peace Institute from September 2019. Originally Calle is from Vaasa, and currently he studies political history at the University of Helsinki.  His goal is to finish his master's thesis during 2020. During his internship at the Peace Institute Calle will assist with publications and research applications.

Call for Papers for next issue of the Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies
Monday, 16 September 2019

JASS first page finalCall for Papers for next issue of the Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies. Deadline 30th of September 2019. The editors of JASS welcome submissions of manuscripts that focus on, or relate to, the topics and intersections of security, autonomy arrangements, and minority issues. Apart from reviewed articles, JASS also welcomes other kinds of contributions, such as essays, book reviews, conference papers and research notes.

ÅIPI Director Appointed Conciliator for OSCE Court
Tuesday, 03 September 2019

Sia talarThe President of the Republic of Finland has appointed the Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Associate Professor of International Law Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, conciliator to the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), upon nomination by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark was appointed together with Kimmo Kiljunen (conciliator), Erkki Kourula (arbitrator) and Jan Klabbers (alternate arbitrator) for a term of six years, beginning in 2019.

The court works with conciliation and arbitration as working methods for various intergovernmental disputes and provides a mechanism for peaceful settlement of disputes between States. The OSCE conciliation and arbitration proceedings have not yet been activated by any of the 33 States which have signed the Convention, but it remain an option for the peaceful settlement of disputes in Europe.

More information about recent appointments to the Court can be found here.

Intern in autumn 2019: Karoliina Paakkinen
Monday, 02 September 2019


Karoliina Paakkinen is a communications intern at the Åland Islands Peace Institute from August to October. She will work with the renewal of the website of the Peace Institute and with other communications tasks. In addition, she will assist at conferences and presentations where the Peace Institute takes part. Karoliina studies Social Sciences at Tampere University and she is writing her Master´s thesis about Zambian female politicians´ possibilities to participate in the decision-making processes.



Lunchseminar 29 August 2019: Paradiplomacy in the North Atlantic and the Arctic
Wednesday, 21 August 2019

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Paradiplomacy has become a strategy for autonomous regions to get their voices heard in international contexts. Paradiplomacy means that the autonomous regions have their own representatives abroad and conduct their own foreign policy although they are subordinated to the countries they belong to. Occasionally some regions like the Faroe Islands and Greenland can have the right to participate as independent members in international organizations that do not only have states as their members. In the seminar the strategies within paradiplomacy of the Faroe Islands and Greenland are compared.

Maria Ackrén is a Doctor of Political Science from Åbo Akademi University and she works as a lecturer in Political Science at Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland. The seminar is based on recently implemented research in the field of paradiplomacy.

Latest issue of JASS
Wednesday, 05 June 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. 

The latest issue of JASS covers areas of security and autonomy among groups and individuals with very different but constitutionally regulated relations to their respective societies. It is a palette of issues that demand to be addressed, that come to the reader from within very different material situations, but with clearly comparable theoretical and practical implications. 

The Vol. 3 Issue 1 of JASS includes the following materials:

Autonomy, Indigenous Peoples, and Afro-Descendants in Colombia
Mauricio Romero Vidal and Juan David Niño

Can a True Finn Speak Swedish? The Swedish Language in the Finns Party Discourse
Hasan Akintug

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

Summer assistent at the Peace Institute
Monday, 03 June 2019

Jack Hancock is currently attending the local gymnasium Ålands Lyceum and will during the summer assist the Peace Institute in its activities within the month of June. During his time at the Peace Institute he will help with the preparations, implementation and the participation of the event Alandica Debatt. In addition to this he will also assist in the development of a cooperation with the Social Studies education at Ålands Lyceum about the “Åland Example”. A written article for the recurring stand-alone paper Fredsposten about the “Alandic Youthorganisation for the Environement” (AYE) and their opinions relating to peace, will also be included as part of his work at the institute. Supervisor is Petra Granholm.

Call for internship applications at the Åland Islands Peace Institute
Thursday, 09 May 2019

The Åland Islands Peace Institute offers an opportunity for one or two trainees to experience a dynamic and flexible internship during the autumn semester of 2019.

Are you interested in issues about peace, security, minorities and autonomy? Do you like arranging seminars, writing information texts, layout and publishing information online? Then maybe we have the internship for you!

Submit your application before 27 May 2019. (NB Extended deadline.)


Internship evaluation by Mirjam Granström
Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Mirjam Granström has been a research intern at the Åland Islands Peace Institute from March to May 2019. Here are her reflections on the internship period:

The core reason for my interest in an internship at the Åland Peace Institute was that I wanted to become better acquainted with research and with issues that the Institute is working on in the field of peace, security and minorities. When I think back on my internship, I realise that in addition to gaining an insight into how the Institute works with research, I have really become aware of what Åland's special status entails.

As a Swedish-speaking Finn I have read about the "Åland example" in history class, but it was only during the internship period that I really understood what this special position entails and how Åland can serve as an example of a peaceful solution of a minority conflict.

In practice, I have had the opportunity to work on the development of the e-course "Territorial Autonomy as a Tool for Diversity Management: Lessons from the Åland Example", I have participated in the Kastelholm talks and in various seminars concerning questions about the special position of Åland, the position of the Swedish language, sustainable development and other relevant issues. Besides this, I have also had the opportunity to familiarise myself with another form of peaceful conflict resolution, that is, mediation activities at the Åland Mediation Office. In my studies, I have read about examples of how various international actors strive to solve conflicts internationally, and it has been extremely interesting and instructive to see how the Mediation Office on Åland is working to develop peaceful solutions to conflicts that occur in the Åland society. The discussions with the staff and with volunteer mediators have made me realise how important it is that peace work is also carried out locally.

Overall, during the internship period, I have had the opportunity to try a variety of tasks as well as to participate in educational discussions and lectures. I have also had the opportunity to present and discuss issues that I am passionate about and I have met people who believe in what they work with and who have inspired me.

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Mirjam Granström with Mediation Officer Petra Granholm and Organisation Secretary as well as Mediation Supervisor Mirjam Lukola.

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 2/2019
Monday, 06 May 2019

Link to / Länk till Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 2/2019


  • Upcoming lunch seminar 8.5.2019:
  • Jonny Andersen - On the Swedish Language in Finland and The Swedish Assembly of Finland
  • Call for Interns at the Åland Islands Peace Institute in the autumn of 2019
  • Three new Members of the Board
  • Night of Knowledge 10.6 at Alandica Debatt Event
    and more


  • Kommande lunchseminarium 8.5.2019:
  • Jonny Andersen - Hur står det till med svenskan i Finland? Om Folktinget och dess arbete
  • Praktik vid Ålands fredsinstitut hösten 2019
  • Tre nya ledamöter i fredsinstitutets styrelse
  • Kunskapens kväll 10.6 på Alandica Debatt