Friday, 25 November 2016
On the 17-18th November a closing conference of the project “KID – Equal Opportunity for pre-school boys and girls” was held in Vilnius, Lithuania. The project has been conducted by the Åland Island Peace Institute and sponsored by the Nordic Council of Ministers and Emmaus Åland. The project lasted during 2015-2016. Three non-governmental kindergartens participated, Waldorf Åland, Nendre in Vilnius, Lithuania and the”Star of Hope” in Kaliningrad, Russia.Read More...
Friday, 04 November 2016
The research project "Demilitarisation in an Increasingly Militarised World" (2015-2017) organised a seminar for invited researchers in Helsinki on November 3rd 2016. The seminar was held at the premises of the Kone foundation, Kamari.
As commentators were invited Dr Gunilla Herolf and Professor Emeritus Lauri Hannikainen. Project researchers Saila Heinikoski, Dr Pirjo Kleemola-Juntunen and project leader Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark presented summaries of research results until now, as well as new preliminary results in the areas of demilitarisation and neutralisation within Finnish and European politics, the law of the sea and the Åland Strait and, finally, on the right of self-defence and Finnish draft legislation pertaining to international law and the Åland demilitarisation and neutralisation.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016
The demilitarisation of the Åland Islands cannot be seen only from a defence policy point of view. This is because, the status of the Ålands Islands is part of the whole foreign and security policy context of Finland, writes researcher Saila Heinikoski in this article in Finnish published by the Finnish web site Politiikasta.fi. Saila Heinikoski works within the research project “Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world”, where she focuses on the position of Åland demilitarisation in the foreign and security policy of Finland and the European Union.
Friday, 28 October 2016
The Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Kjell-Åke Nordquist, has been installed as Professor in International Relations, with particular focus on Peace Building and Human Rights, at the The Stockholm School of Theology in Sweden.
His installation lecture was on "Reconciliation as Politics" (in swedish)
Thursday, 27 October 2016
- Lunchseminarium om Colombias fredsprocesser
- Insändare om demilitarisering som del av den kollektiva säkerheten
- Avslutningsseminarium för jämställdhetsprojektet KID
- Heidi Öst är tillbaka på institutet
- Lunch seminar on the peace processes in Colombia
- Op-eds on demilitarisation as part of the collectiv security system
- Closing seminar of the KID project
- Heidi Öst is back at the institute
Thursday, 27 October 2016
On October 18, a closing seminar of the project “KID – Equal Opportunities for pre-school girls and boys” was held on Åland. Ida Eriksson, supervisor of the project at the Waldorf kindergarten Regnbågen, presented the project results. The staff of Regnbågen and children’s parents shared lessons learned and experiences of the project. Finally, the audience was involved in a general discussion on gender equality in the bringing-up of children.
The project KID was implemented by the Åland Islands Peace Institute since 2015 in cooperation with the Waldorf Åland association, the non-governmental kindergarten Nendre in Vilnius, Lithuania and the Star of Hope organisation in the Kaliningrad region, Russia. The purpose of the project has been to promote a gender-sensitive attitude among the staff of the kindergartens and among the children’s parents, and to reduce gender stereotyping in the communication and interaction with children. The project also strived to create equal opportunities for girls and boys to develop their skills and interests without being limited by gender-stereotypical expectations.Read More...
Monday, 24 October 2016
Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark wrote two articles about demilitarisation and neutralisation in a wider context, departing from the UN Charter and collective security. The articles were published in Hufvudstadsbladet (in Swedish) and Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Sia Spilipoulou Åkermark is the Head of Research for the project “Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world”.
During the past few weeks the demilitarisation of the Åland Island has been discussed in Finnish media. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark was interviewed by YLE for the Finnish discussion programme A-studio: Talk, which was broadcasted on 20th October. Sias interview starts at 35.45 and the video is available until the 18th of November.
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Project researcher Dr Pirjo Kleemola-Juntunen was invited as a speaker at the conference "Inter mundus - From Cold Ice to Hot Sands", 4th Conference on Operational Maritime Law, which took place in Turku on 3-6 October 2016. The Conference was organised by the Nato Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW) in cooperation with the Finnish Navy. Dr Kleemola-Juntunen gave a presentation concerning the legal regime of the Åland Islands, one of the many cases and concrete issues discussed during the conference.
Pirjo Kleemola-Juntunen works in the research project "Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world" with issues of the law of the sea.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
On 11 October 2016 Dr Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark had the opportunity to address the International Conference “The Framework Convention: a key tool to managing diversity through human rights” in the final panel entitled “Equality despite difference – how to guarantee equal access to rights and resources”. At the conference was launched the 4th Thematic Commentary on the Framework Convention on the Protection of Persons belonging to National Minorities on the scope of application of the convention. More information on the webpage of the conference.
The podcast of the entire conference (in English) can be found here. The presentation of Dr Spiliopoulou Åkermark is at the end of the event and starts at 5.54 in the last panel.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Dr Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark participated on 15-16 September 2016 in the international conference “Minority Rights, Self-Government and the Law” organised by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (Sweden) and the Faculty of Law at Liverpool University (UK). The conference themes touched upon theoretical as well as practical aspects of minority protection and self-government and looked at cases studies from Europe, the Nordic region, Turkey and the Middle East. Dr Spiliopoulou Åkermark spoke on “Territorial Autonomy Now and Then” reviewing debates and legal instruments on territorial autonomy at the international level in particular at the early 20th century.
On 27-28 September 2016 Dr Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark participated in an international conference on “Shared Societies” organised in Berlin by the Robert Bosch Academy at the initiative of its Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow Mohammad Darawshe, in cooperation with the organization Givat Haviva (Israel). Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark spoke about the experiences of coping with difference in Europe, in particular as understood under the Framework Convention on the Protection of Persons belonging to National Minorities.