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Security from various perspectives in latest issue of JASS
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Due to the widening content of the concept of “security” in recent decades, it is no longer possible to talk about security in general terms in a meaningful way. Instead, more specific approaches are needed. This issue of JASS is a very good example: it contains articles that range from a traditionally formulated context of security, to identity, collective security and ontological security. In particular, the context of security through demilitarisation is highlighted in some articles, while in other a more explicit or implicit comparative perspective is taken. Åland, with its international regimes of demilitarisation and neutralisation, is put in perspective in relation to Svalbard as well as to Nagorno-Karabakh. An equally important dimension is the possibility to link security to human rights, or vice versa - something that is developed in an article on North Korea. Finally – and in between all of this – stands an article analysing the development of the identity and ontological security of the Åland Islands.

The Vol. 2 Issue 2 of JASS includes the following contributions:

Aspects Regarding the Svalbard Demilitarisation in Relation to Norway Joining the Atlantic
Alliance in 1949, and Reflections on the Åland Islands’ Demilitarised and Neutralised status in
the Event of a Finnish NATO accession
Åsa Gustafsson

The French Perspective on the Åland Islands: A Cyclic Interest? Between Geopolitics,
Historiography, and a Case Study
Matthieu Chillaud

The Nexus Between Arms Control and Human Righs in the Case of North Korea
Katja Creutz

The Future of Ålands’ Identity
Pertti Joenniemi

Comparing the Åland Islands Precedent and the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Kamal Makili-Aliyev

What is the Essence of the Institution of Demilitarisation? Reflections upon Completion
of the Research Project “Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world – International
perspectives in a multilevel framework: the case of the Åland Islands”
Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark


The issue can be found at www.jass.ax.

Report about the Contact Group between the Foreign Ministry and Åland, 20 years
Monday, 17 December 2018

Rapport Simolin 1 2018 web Page 01The Contact Group between the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Government of Åland was founded in 1998. It's 20th anniversary was celebrated on December 14th in Helsinki, where two of its founders, President Tarja Halonen and former MP Roger Jansson held speeches at a seminar held for an invited audience. At the seminar, Susann Simolin, the Ålands Islands Peace Institute, presented a report about the first 20 years of the group. The report was written as an assignment from the Contact Group.
The group was formed after Åland's long-standing request for such a group, The Ministry for Foreign Affairs endorsed the idea with then Foreign Minister Tarja Halonen at the forefront. The purpose of the Contact Group is to "develop and increase the use of the Åland Example in international contexts as well as to further enhance information about and contacts with Åland".

On the basis of protocols, activity plans and reports, as well as interviews; this report identifies the objectives of the contact group and how they were implemented; who participated in the work and how the cooperation was conducted; what significance the group's work has had on the dissemination of knowledge about the Åland Example; and the highlights and difficulties in the contact group's work over the last 20 years.

The report, written in Swedish, can be downloaded here.

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Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 5/2018
Tuesday, 11 December 2018

CONTENTS

  • New issue of the Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies
  • Lunch seminar 11.12.2018: Who will save the Baltic Sea? The role of law in environmental governance. Professor Henrik Ringbom.
  • Report describes the first 20 years of the work of the Contact Group between the Foreign Ministry and Åland.
  • Seminar and report about trust on the Åland Islands.
  • And more

INNEHÅLL

  • Nytt nummer av e-tidskriften JASS
  • Lunchseminarium 11.12.2018: Vem ska rädda Östersjön? Om juridikens roll i miljöstyrningen. Professor Henrik Ringbom.
  • Rapport om kontaktgruppen mellan UM och Åland 20 år.
  • Seminarium och rapport om tillit på Åland.
  • m.m.
New intern: Marielle Fellman
Monday, 10 December 2018

MarielleMarielle Fellman will be an intern at the institute from November 2018. She has a one year master degree in Human Geography from Örebro University. During the internship Marielle will focus mainly on information and organisation of seminars.

Lunch seminar 11.12.2018: Who will save the Baltic Sea?
Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Lunchseminarium 11.12.2018 Ringbom

Lunch seminar 11.12.2018: Who will save the Baltic Sea? The role of law in environmental governance.

Tuesday, 11.12.2018 at 11.30-12.30 in hotel Arkipelag's restaurant.
 
Professor Henrik Ringbom is a specialist in maritime law and the law of the sea. At this seminar he presents research recently conducted within the framework of the BALEX network, in particular regarding multi-level governance and environmental regulation.
The Baltic Sea is affected by up to six different levels of legislation at the same time, thus probably the world's most regulated and managed sea area. What happens when so many different levels of legislation regulate the same thing? What happens when there are no rules? And what kind of legislation works?

The seminar is held in Swedish. Lunch can be bought in the restaurant and taken to the seminar held in the southern part of the restaurant. The seminar will start at 11.30 and will last an hour.

Seminar on new study on trust in the Åland society
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tillit på Åland

On 12 November, Åland Statistic arranged a seminar launching the first ever Åland trust study, a survey to which the Åland Islands Peace Institute has contributed. Researcher Sanna Roos (ÅSUB) and Research Coordinator Petra Granholm (Åland Islands Peace Institute) presented the results of the trust study. Other speakers were Maria Bäck, PhD and researcher at Samforsk, Åbo Academi university, Lars Trägårdh, Professor of History and Civil Society Studies, and Laura Hartman, Associate Professor in Economics and Chairperson of the Swedish Trust Delegation. Moderator was the director of Ålnd Statistics, Katarina Fellman.

Summary and photos from the Symposium ‘Collective Security, a Rules-Based International Order and the Åland Islands’
Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Around 50 people attended the Symposium ‘Collective Security, a Rules-Based International Order and the Åland Islands’  held in Mariehamn on 4 and 5 October.

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Here you can listen to an interview 'Svalbard's unknown cousin between Norway and the north pole' (in Swedish) with ÅIPI's Director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark and Geir Ulfstein, Professor in public law at the University of Oslo.

Click 'Read More' to see a photo slideshow and a brief summary written by Hasan Akintug, the current research intern at ÅIPI.

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ÅIPI Director on the Nobel Peaze Prize 2018
Friday, 05 October 2018

Sia talarThe Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 is to be awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict". Denis Mukwege is a physician devoted to helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who have been victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army. She managed to flee and has since spoken openly about what she had suffered.

Comment from the Director of ÅIPI, Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark:

"This award is a manifestation concerning crimes against human rights and humanitarian law, as well as regarding sexual violence as a weapon in armed conflict. It also highlights that minorities are often particularly vulnerable in conflict situations."

Symposium: Collective Security, a Rules-Based International Order and the Åland Islands
Thursday, 04 October 2018

Symposium 2018

The symposium ‘Collective Security, a Rules-Based International Order and the Åland Islands’ will be held in Mariehamn on 4 and 5 October. Discussions will concern collective security and a contractual world order in relation to Åland's demilitarisation and neutralisation. The symposium is based on research results from a three-year research project on demilitarisation and neutralisation, (2015-2017). The results of the project have been collected in the book ‘Demilitarisation and International Law in Context: The Åland Islands’. The symposium will be held in English for invited researchers and practitioners. After the symposium, a summary of selected highlights and reflections will be presented in Swedish for everyone interested. This will be at a seminar open to the public on 5 October from 13:30 to 15:00 at Alandica's Auditorium.

The speakers at the symposium will be:
Matti Anttonen, Permanent Secretary at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Professor Emeritus Lauri Hannikainen, University of Helsinki
Professor Geir Ulfstein, University of Oslo
Professor Timo Koivurova, Director of the Arctic Centre
Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute
Professor Tuomas Forsberg, Director of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Doctor Pirjo Kleemola-Juntunen, Lapland University, Rovaniemi
Doctor Saila Heinikoski, University of Turku
Doctor Gunilla Herolf, Chair of the Research Board of the Åland Islands Peace Institute
Professor Kjell-Åke Nordquist, University College Stockholm

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 4/2018
Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Link to / Länk till Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 4/2018

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CONTENTS:

  • Symposium: ‘Collective Security, a Rules-Based International Order and the Åland Islands’
  • Op-ed advocates long-term focus on research on Åland
  • E-course on territorial autonomy starting
  • New staff and interns
  • Besök från Tjeckien, Slovakien och Indien
  • Med mera

INNEHÅLL:

  • Seminarium om demilitarisering, tillit, Åland och Svalbard
  • Långsiktig satsning på forskning förespråkas i debattartikel
  • E-kurs om territoriellt självstyre startar i oktober
  • Nytt forskningsprogram
  • Ny medarbetare och nya praktikanter
  • Visits frpm Czech republic, Slovakia and India
  • And more

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