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Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark returns as Director
Thursday, 01 March 2018

SiaSia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, who has been on leave from her position as Director to work with research activities, returns to her position as Director as of 1 March. 
– It's great to come back to my regular duties. It has been very enriching and important both to me and to the Peace Institute, that I have been able to engage in research on demilitarisation for some time. Meanwhile, my colleagues and the board have developed the activities of the Institute in interesting and successful ways. Now I come back to both old and new. It will be kind of a new start for me, says Spiliopoulou Åkermark.
Kjell-Åke Nordquist, who has been the Acting Director of the Institute for almost three years, will keep contact with the Institute in various ways also in the future, especially regarding some of the research activities that have been initiated during his time as Director. 

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 1/2018
Monday, 26 February 2018

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Kastelholmssamtalen 2018: Media, makt och mod - om trovärdighet och tillit i det offentliga samtalet
Kommande lunchseminarium - Janne Holmén om öar och identitet
Roger Jansson utsedd till seniorrådgivare för fredsinstitutet
Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark tillbaka på direktörsposten
Med mera ...


The Kastelholm Talks 2018: Media, Power and Courage - on Credibility and Trust in the Public Discourse
Upcoming lunch seminar - Janne Holmén on islands and identity
Roger Jansson appointed Senior Adviser of the ÅIPI
Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark returns as Director
And more ...

Kastelholms talks 2018: Media, power and courage – on credibility and trust in the public discourse
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

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The Kastelholm talks of 2018 will discuss the topic "Media, power and courage – on credibility and trust in the public discourse". The Kastelholm talks are talks on peace issues, yearly held on the Åland Islands under the patronage of former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen. The talks are this year held on 22 March.

The Kastelholm talks are held in Swedish and consist of two parts. First there is a panel discussion in the castle of Kastelholm with Kjell-Åke Nordquist as moderator. Secondly, a roundtable discussion is held in nearby restaurant Smakbyn with moderator Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark.

The panel in the first discussion consists of Merete Mazzarella, writer, essayist, journalist and professor of literary studies; Olof Ehrenkrona, Ambassador and Consul General of Sweden in the Åland Islands, Anders Mellbourn, Political Scientist, Journalist, former Editor-in-Chief of newspaper Dagens Nyheter, previous Director of The Swedish Institute of International Affairs and University Professor as well as Britt Lundberg, politician from Åland who was the President of the Nordic Council in 2017, former Speaker of the Åland Parliament, former minister and Deputy Head of the Åland government.

At the roundtable discussion, three commentators contribute with further insights based on their reflections and impressions from the first panel discussion. Martha Hannus is chairperson of Association Regnbågsfyren and Sustainability Officer at Emmaus Åland. She has previously worked on issues of extremism and racism. Janne Wass is Editor-in-Chief of magazine Ny Tid in Helsinki. He has previously worked as foreign reporter at newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet and as reporter at Public television Service, Yle. Barbro Sundback, is a politician and former Speaker of the Parliament of Åland. She was former Chairperson of the Board of the Peace Institute, and holds the position of its Honorary Chairperson.

Invitations have been sent out to guests. There are a few open seats.

Roger Jansson appointed Senior Adviser for the ÅIPI
Monday, 19 February 2018

Roger 72At its Board meeting on 23th January, the Åland Islands Peace Institute's Board of Directors appointed Roger Jansson as the Institute's third senior adviser.

The ÅIPI appoints individuals in its network as senior advisers based on their knowledge, experience and capacity to assist the Peace Institute's employees, research council and Board with advice. The senior advisers can participate in the Institute's international work on peace and conflict issues, in particular to disseminate knowledge about the Åland example, as well as to represent the Peace Institute in different contexts. 

Roger Jansson, who during his political career has been Member of the Parliament of Finland, Speaker of the Parliament of Åland and Head of the Åland Government, has been a member of the ÅIPI's Board of Directors for 10 years, leaving the Board in 2017. As a member of the board of directors he has generously contributed with his knowledge of Åland's special international status, especially in the field of demilitarization. He has also been providing important assistance in financial and property matters. 

The Peace Institute has since before two senior advisors, Mr. Gunnar Jansson, former Member of the Parliament of Finland and Mr. Pertti Joenniemi, Peace Researcher. The ÅIPI also has an honorary chairman, Ms. Barbro Sundback, former Chairperson of the Board. 

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark contributes to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Framework Convention for National Minorities
Friday, 09 February 2018

SiaIn 2018 the Framework Convention for the Protection on National Minorities (FCNM) celebrates its 20th anniversary. The anniversary is marked with a new publication entitled “20 Years of Dealing with Diversity: Is the Framework Convention at a Cross-Road?”, published by the European Centre for Minority Issues.

Our Head of Research, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, contributed to the publication as an expert of minority issues and as former president of the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention. She was interviewed to analytically and critically reflect upon the Framework Convention’s contribution until now.

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark highlighted the achievement of the FCNM as a legally binding link between the accommodation of minorities and human rights. In addition, Sia mentions the importance of the development of the Advisory Committee as a monitory instrument for the implementation of the Framework Convention favouring continuity and consistence in European efforts on minority matters.

The publication can be found here: http://www.ecmi.de/publications/detail/20-years-of-dealing-with-diversity-is-the-framework-convention-at-a-crossroads-380/

Valentin Strömberg new intern at the Institute
Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Valentin internValentin Strömberg will do an internship at the Peace Institute from February to April 2018. He was born in Sweden but grew up in Spain. He holds both Swedish and Spanish citizenship.

Valentin studies a Master programme in International Relations at Linköping University and is currently writing his master thesis about Greenland’s influence in Arctic policies from the ontological security perspective. He will mainly work with seminar arrangements, assistance in research projects and website overhaul tasks. Valentin has previously worked as a law assistant in Spain. He is fluent in Swedish, Spanish and English. 


Kai is an intern at the Peace Institute
Monday, 22 January 2018

KaiKai Klesmann is an intern at the Peace Institute from 19 January to 15 February 2018. She is from Estonia and lives in Åland. Kai has studied law and has working experience from working in court, local government and in the Estonian air force. Kai will assist with archiving and translating brochures and other materials. She will also contribute to various other activities.

She speaks Estonian, Finnish, English and Russian. Currently she studies Swedish in Mariehamn, Medis. The intership at the Ålands Islands Peace Institute forms a part of her Swedish language studies.

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 4/2017
Thursday, 14 December 2017

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  • Åländsk identitet, den westfaliska ordningen och demilitarisering diskuteras i e-tidskriften JASS
  • Tarja Cronberg talade om FN, Norden och kampen mot kärnvapnen på lunchseminarium i Mariehamn.
  • Det kollektiva självförsvarets pussel: artikel av Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark
  • Om fredsinstitutet och Åland på tyska i minoritets-tv
  • Forskarrådsmöte hos EURAC i Sydtyrolen


  • Ålandic identity, the Westphalian order and demilitarisation discussed in e-journal JASS
  • The future in focus at the 25-year jubilee of the Institute
  • The Puzzle of Collective Self-defence: article by Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark
  • Broadcasts in German on the Institute and Åland
  • Scientific Committee meeting at EURAC in South Tyrol
Ålandic identity, Weber and the Westphalian order, and demilitarisation discussed in e-journal JASS
Thursday, 07 December 2017

JASSloggaThe 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 Vol. 1 Issue 2 of JASS includes the following materials:

Article: Rethinking the Westphalian Order during WW I. Max Weber on the Timeliness of the European Polity. / Kari Palonen
Research Note: MacKinder, Westermarck and the Åland Island question. / Heidi Öst
Book review of Peter N. Stearns (ed.) “Demilitarization in the Contemporary World”, University of Illinois Press (2013) / Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark
Symposium speech: From Islander to Ålander / Barbro Sundback

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

Sin Ngor Shek is an intern at the Institute
Tuesday, 07 November 2017

SigfridSin Ngor Shek is an intern at the Institute since October and will be working with us until mid-November. He will mainly be responsible for doing research about historical and modern Chinese autonomous bodies. He will also be doing studies related to Hong Kong as an autonomous region.

Ngor Shek is majoring in Public International Law at University of Helsinki, and is currently writing his master thesis on self-determination as a failing yet important principle in International Law. Originally from Hong Kong, he graduated with a Bachelor of Law in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests are related to self-determination, autonomy, treaty law, international transport law and artificial intelligence law. He speaks Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), English, a little bit of Swedish and Finnish.