Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

Hamngatan 4/PB85
AX-22101 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Tel. +358 18 15570
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Mirna Aho starts as a new intern at ÅIPI
Monday, 04 September 2017

KuvaMirnaAhoMirna Aho will be interning for the institute from September to December. She will be focusing on the communicational aspects of the institute and helping with arrangement of different events.

Mirna is majoring in speech communication at the university of Jyväskylä and is currently writing her master thesis about interaction in peace mediation. She will be expected to graduate in the beginning of 2018. She has previously worked for example in Sweden and in India and is excited to get to talk some Swedish with her co-workers.

Registration for e-course on territorial autonomy - deadline 4 September
Tuesday, 29 August 2017

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The registration for the autumn 2017 semester version of the E-course "Territorial Autonomy as a Tool for Diversity Management. Lessons from the Åland Example" will be open until 4 September 2017. The course is an introduction to territorial autonomy and the Åland Example. The aim of the course is to provide participants with a broad academic framework for discussing territorial autonomy from different perspectives. The course is given online, in co-operation between the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Open university on Åland, between 18 September and 11 December 2017. Associate Professor in International Law Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark will be teaching the course.

You can register for the course by sending an email to the course organizer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the course name, your name, birth date and address, incl. e-mail-address. Please also cc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course flyer 2017 in pdf here.

Course description 2017 in pdf, here.

More information can be found here.

Two researchers in the demilitarisation project contributed in international discussions in Jyväskylä
Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Two researchers of the research project Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world participated in the workshop ”Democracy, Human Rights and Peace: Contested and Reclaimed” which took place 23-24 August at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). The workshop is the result of cooperation between three research groups: Civic Constellation II: Debating Democracy and Rights, led by Professor José Maria Rosales, University of Málaga, Spain; Research project Transformations of Concepts and Institutions in the European Polity (TRACE), Jyväskylä university and Research project Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world, The Åland Islands Peace Institute.

Saila Heinikoski presented a paper entitled Non-Alignment and Demilitarisation – What Do These Concepts Mean in Today’s World? Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark presented research under the heading Security, Identity, Self-Government – Reflections on Similarities and Differences Between Greenland and the Åland Islands.

The Conference programme can be found here.

Discourses concerning EU military integration and demilitarisation in the Baltic Sea examined in Journal on Baltic Security
Friday, 18 August 2017

Saila webbIn an article recently published in the Journal on Baltic Security, researcher Saila Heinikoski examines how European military enhancement is presented necessary with political imperatives, while in contrast, the demilitarisation of the Åland Islands - within the European union - is justified with reference to multilateral agreements. Heinikoski argues that this might be seen as illustrating the differences in justifying military force and its absence. She further concludes, that while the European Union appears as a realist actor in terms of defence, Finland complies with the image of a normative power as far as the Åland Islands are concerned.

Saila Heinikoski is a researcher in the research project “Demilitarisation in an Increasingly Militarised World. International perspectives in a multilevel framework – the case of the Åland Islands”, that is a cooperation between researchers at the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Arctic Center (University of Lapland, Rovaniemi). Research is supported by the Kone foundation and the Åland Culture Foundation (Ålands kulturstiftelse).

The article, “Pool it or lose it?” – a contrastive analysis of discourses concerning EU military integration and demilitarisation in the Baltic Sea, is open access and can be found in the Journal on Baltic Security Volume 3, issue 1, June 2017, here.


Human books and Åland pancake on the Autonomy Day 9 June
Friday, 02 June 2017

On the Åland Autonomy Day, June 9, the Åland Peace Institute wants Åland to be a meeting place for all. At the square in Mariehamn, between 5 p.m and 7 p.m, we invite you to human meetings and Åland pancake. You are welcome to borrow a "human book" for a while! Human books are people with different backgrounds, professions, origins and with interesting experiences that they will share with you. We also serve Åland pancake and have quizzes for both adults and children.

The meeting place is organized with support from the Åland cultural delegation.


Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 2/2017
Thursday, 01 June 2017

Link to Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 1/2017

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 1/2017 as pdf


  • Fredsinstitutet lanserar e-tidskriften
    JASS - Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies
  • Roger Nordlund ny ordförande för fredsinstitutet
  • Nu kan du anmäla dig till höstens e-kurs om territoriella autonomier
  • Försoning som politik temat i ny bok av Kjell-Åke Nordquist
  • Nya artiklar om demilitarisering
  • Med mera ...


  • Launch of peer-reviewed academic journal:
    JASS - Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies
  • Roger Nordlund new Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Registration for e-course on territorial autonomy now open
  • New book by Kjell-Åke Nordquist: “Reconciliation as Politics. A Concept and Its Practice”
  • New articles on demilitarisation
  • And more ...
Launch of peer-reviewed, open access e-journal JASS - Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies
Wednesday, 31 May 2017

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.

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Roger Nordlund new Chair of the Board of Directors
Tuesday, 30 May 2017

After 25 years as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Peace Institute, Barbro Sundback has choosen to leave the Board. Roger Nordlund, Member of the Åland Parliament, former Speaker of the Åland Parliament and former Head of the Åland Government, has been elected new Chairperson. Two more new members of the Board have been elected, Nina Fellman, Minister in the Åland Government and Christian Pleijel, Secretary General of the European Small Islands Federation.
Four more members have completed their terms: Leena Lindqvist - who has been the Deputy Chair for 25 years - Roger Jansson, Susanne Eriksson and Lotta Angergård. Members Ulla Backlund, Katarina Fellman, Kenneth Gustavsson, Göran Lindholm and Lia Markelin have been re-elected.

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Roger Nordlund, Barbro Sundback and Director Kjell-Åke Nordquist.

New articles on demilitarisation
Tuesday, 16 May 2017

New scientific output from the research project ‘Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world’, has been published.

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark’s article "The Meaning of Airspace Sovereignty Today – A Case Study on Demilitarisation and Functional Airspace Blocks" appears in 86 Nordic Journal of International Law (2017) 91-117.

In this article Spiliopoulou Åkermark examines the trend towards increased fusion of civil and military concepts and institutions in airspace management and regulation, with NEFAB as an example. She argues that such new forms of cooperation seem to pay limited attention to older legal agreements and legal obligations. At the same time, however, the demilitarisation regime for Åland relies on a distinction between what is military and what is civilian. Spiliopoulou Åkermark discusses further the wider importance of the questions raised in her article here.

For questions contact sia[at]peace.ax

In an article published in Swedish speaking magazine "Fredsposten", Researcher Saila Heinikoski describes the 161-years old demilitarisation of Åland in relation to the policies of the 100-year old Republic of Finland. The article (in Swedish) can be found in pdf here.

Celina Alshareef is an intern at the Peace Institute
Monday, 15 May 2017

Sumia "Celina" Alshareef is an intern at the Peace Institute from 23 May to 22 June 2017. She is from Syria (Aleppo) and lives in Åland since one and a half years. Celina has studied international relations and diplomacy at Damascus University in Syria and has volunteer to support Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Celine's internship is part of her studies in Swedish at Medis in Mariehamn. In the future she wants to work with translation and complete her studies in international relations, so that she can work with international organizations to quickly support refugees, and refugee women in particular, who need support and help to start a new life.