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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.

Director comments on the Nobel Peace Prize 2019
Friday, 11 October 2019

Nobelpris 2019

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 is awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.

The Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark comments:

"The Nobel prize is awarded a head of state and an individual but also a whole package of ideas, concepts and institutions. The Committee emphasises the importance of international agreements, mediation, conciliation as well as that of strong constitutions. Abiy Ahmed is prime minister for a large federal state and a young democracy with many different needs and expectations in the regions and amongst different groups. The Nobel prize shows that peace agreements are possible and that conflicts can be solved. Abiy is also a military who has opted for a strong diplomatic path. The prize is equally awarded to a whole region, East Africa, where the trajectory is currently positive and gives hope to millions of people. Women’s participation in public life and a stark pro-democracy agenda are efforts that Abiy Ahmed has actively promoted."

Call for internship applications at the Åland Islands Peace Institute
Monday, 30 September 2019

AnnonsbildThe Åland Islands Peace Institute offers an opportunity for one or two trainees to experience a dynamic and flexible internship during the spring semester of 2020. 

We are looking for applicants interested in issues concerning peace, security, minorities and autonomy. The work assignments include arrangement of seminars, information dissemination and website development. Suitable fields of study background are social, legal or political sciences but also IT, communication and information management. In this year’s call for applications, we also appreciate a background or interest in one or more of the following fields: graphic design, research, conflict management and event management.

Lunch seminar 9 October 2019: Small economies and global trends – how can Åland meet the future?
Friday, 27 September 2019

Lunch seminar Johansson

Lunch seminar on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 11.30-12.30 in hotel Arkipelag's restaurant.

In a time when the cities grow and the digital development advances with giant steps, small societies get into trouble. In Sweden and Finland there are about five regions per country, in essence the five biggest university cities with their surroundings, that can cope, while the rest of the regions regress economically and demographically. An important reason for the increasing regional inequality in the Nordic countries and Europe is the ongoing brain drain, as well-educated people stay in or move to the big cities to a greater extent than people with a lower level of education. This is hastening the uneven regional development. Åland has so far been a brilliant exception, but the question is whether the long-term development is sustainable? In the light of such trends and from an economic perspective, what are the prospects for the Ålandic economy and for the Ålandic autonomy legislation?

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 3/2019
Thursday, 26 September 2019

Link to / Länk till Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 3/2019

Ladda ner Nyhetsbrev / Download Newsletter as pdf


  • Upcoming lunch seminar 9.10.2019: Edvard Johansson: Small economies and global trends - how can Åland meet the future?
  • Call for Interns at the Åland Islands Peace Institute in the spring of 2020
  • Many visits during autumn, including officials from Sweden and EU-ambassadors
  • Conference participation; political participation, sovereignty and borders discussed in Hungary, Greece and Gibraltar respectively
  • New interns at the Institute
    and more


  • Kommande lunchseminarium 9.10.2019: Edvard Johansson: Små ekonomier och globala trender - hur kan Åland möta framtiden?
  • Praktik vid Ålands fredsinstitut våren 2020
  • Många besök under hösten, inklusive riksdagsledamöter från Sverige och EU-ambassadörer.
  • Konferensdeltagande; politiskt deltagande, suveränitet och gränser diskuterades vardera i Ungern, Grekland och Gibraltar.
Conference participation; political participation, sovereignty and borders discussed in Hungary, Greece and Gibraltar respectively
Wednesday, 25 September 2019

The Director attended research network RECAST meeting on political participation and mobilization of citizens

The research network RECAST (Reappraising Intellectual Debates on Civic Rights and Democracy in Europe) had a meeting and a seminar at the Central European University in Budapest on 19-20 September 2019. The seminar discussed new forms for political participation and mobilization of citizens. In November 2019 the Training School of the network will be organised in co-operation with the Norwegian Institute at Athens. For further information about the Training School see here. The research network is financed through the so called COST-program (Cooperation in Science and Technology) and researchers from 30 European countries belong to the netwotk. The Director of the Peace Institute, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, acts as the Vice Chairperson of the network.

Many visits during autumn, including officials from Sweden and EU-ambassadors
Wednesday, 25 September 2019

September brought many interesting meetings and discussion opportunities to the Peace Institute.

Sveriges riksdags konstitutionsutskottSveriges riksdags svensk åländska vänförening3.9.2019
Susann SimolinThe Head of Information, held a presentation for employees at the Swedish Agency for Public Management.

Dan Ferna, City leader at the Åland Chamber of Commerce and Siavosh Derakhti, social entrepreneur and lecturer who has got many awards for his work against hate and conflicts and for tolerance, visited the Institute.


The Research Coordinator of the Peace Institute Petra Granholm presented the Åland Example to a group from Turku United Nations Association (TYKy) which is a non-profit, national and politically unaffiliated youth organization.

Members of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the Swedish Parliament met with Director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark.

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

Calle 1 kopia

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.