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The Åland Islands Peace Institute

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AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
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The Peace Institute tries to engage the broad public, on Åland and beyond, in debates concerning public international law, human rights, gender equality and the peaceful solution of conflict.

 

Article on demilitarization as a constructive tool for co-operation and peace published in OSCE’s magazine

2017-02-06 07:55:35

OSCE_Securitycommunity_Sia_demilitarisering_Webben kopia.jpg”The rules of demilitarization and neutralization entail a legally binding promise of giving priority to diplomatic means of communication and negotiation, before means of military power, even though power relations are acknowledged.”. So writes Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Head of Research at the Åland Islands Peace Institute, in an article with the title ”Demilitarization as a Constructive Tool for Co-operation and Peace: the Example of the Åland Islands”, that has been published in the OSCE's quarterly magazine Security Community, Issue 4/2016.

Debate article on military exercises near demilitarized Åland

2014-08-08 08:39:54

Debatt NOCO ÅT 1.8.2014In early September, Finland's marine will host the multinational crisis management exercise Northern Coasts 2014 (NOCO), in the surrounding area of Åland. This means that the status of Åland as a demilitarized and neutralized zone is again brought to the fore.

The Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute Dr. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark has written an op-ed on this topic that has been published in local newspapers Nya Åland and Tidningen Åland 1.8.2014. The article (in Swedish) can be downloaded in pdf here. A radio interview with director Spiliopoulou Åkermark on the same topic is available on the Åland Radio's website, here (in Swedish).

In her article, Director Spiliopoulou Åkermark points out the importance of informing all participating countries of the Åland status.

An English version of the debate article can be found in pdf here.

The director of the ÅIPI Ass.prof. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark has contributed to the Swedish radio programme

2013-11-14 12:29:04

The director of the ÅIPI Ass.prof. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark has contributed to the Swedish radio programme Obs in their broadcasting on Syria and the  laws of war, sent on 25th of September 2014.

Op-ed on Finno-ugric languages and minority strategies

2013-09-13 09:30:14

upsala tidning

Results from the research project ELDIA are discussed in a debate article written by ÅIPI director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark in the Swedish newspaper Upsala Nya Tidning 26.07.2013.

 
Read the article (in Swedish) at UNTs home page, here.
 
Download pdf, in Swedish.
 

Results and conclusions from preventive work on Åland 2012

2013-04-08 07:43:07

During 2012 the ÅIPI has worked to prevent violence, in particular sexual violence in schools on Åland. The ÅIPI has also produced two working papers, based on interviews, one on girl and boy group activities on Åland, the other on preventive work in schools. Documentation and conclusions from 2012 are now available at the Swedish version of this page (for downloading in pdf, most material in Swedish only).

The demilitarisation and its challenges

2012-03-30 11:39:13

Today, March 30th, is celebrated as the day of the demilitarisation of Åland. in advance of the demilitarisation day, a debate article on the current challenges of the demilitarisation, written by the director of the ÅIPI Dr. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, was published in the two local newspapers and in the Swedish-Finnish morning paper Hufvudstadsbladet. Spiliopoulou Åkermark higlights that the demilitarisation is continuously higly relevant in our time, as a contrast to increased militarisation and use of violence, and lists current challenges to the demilitarisation regime, such as the trend towards increased merging of military and civilian activities.

The article in pdf (in Swedish) cen be downloaded here.

 

Debate article on local possibilities to benefit from EU-project?

2013-09-13 09:38:41

namnlsIt is positive and important that the EU and the Åland government wants to invest in projects that promote peace and prevent violence, but it is equally important that support programs and funding arrangements are designed in a way that facilitates - rather than hinders - the efforts of the project owners. Both the EU and Åland have an interest in providing Åland organizations, such as the Peace Institute, with de facto opportunities to realize projects that generate work positions and benefits the community.   This is stated in an opinion piece written by the Peace Institute Board and Director published in the local papers on Åland 7-8.12.2011. 

The full article, in Swedish, is available in pdf here, and at the Nya Åland website, here. 

International day for elimination of violence against women, 2011

2011-11-25 09:36:51

Today, 25th of November is marked as The International day for the elimination of violence against women. The ÅIPI highlights this day throug publishing two blog pieces. One, in Swedish, is written by Project manager Jenny Jonstoij and deals with Nordic circumstances. the other blog piece named Gender based violence in Azerbaijan is written by Gunel Isakova, volunteer at the ÅIPI.

The International day for the elimination of violence against women was designated by UN in 1999. The resolution established that the violence against women hinders to achieve the equality in the society, in legal, social, political and economic sense. Violence against women refers to any physical, sexual or psychological aggression, in a public or in a private sphere.

For more information:

Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Debate article on importance of preventive youth work

2011-10-21 06:59:53

In cooperation with several organisations on Åland the ÅIPI has written a debate article on the importance of preventive work among youg people, in the form of girl nd boy groups. The article was published in both the local newspapers on Åland20th respectively 21st of October.

Debate article on the demilitarisation of Åland and on the necessity of ”peace talk”

2011-04-06 04:39:30

On 6.4.2011 the local newspapers Ålandstidningen and Nya Åland published a debate article on the demilitarisation of Åland and on the necessity of "peace talk", written by the director of the Åland Peace Institute, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark. A link to the debate article (in Swedish) can be found on the Swedish site.

In the debate article, Spiliopoulou Åkermark develops the argumentation of her earlier debate article on Åland, Libya and our relationship to military violence, which was published on the commemoration day of the demilitarisation of Åland, 31.3.2011. On the Swedish version of this page, you can find links both to this earlier debate article, and to the editorial of Niklas Lampi, the editor in chief of Ålandstidningen, who responded to Spiliopoulou Åkermark's earlier debate article on the demilitarisation day.

The discussion has also inspired the information officer of the Åland Peace Institute, Susann Simolin, to write a blog about the responsibility to protect-principle.

Debate article on military violence

2011-03-30 09:19:02

What do the challenges for the demilitarisation of Åland and the UN-sanctioned intervention in Libya have in common? The director of the Åland Peace Institute, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark argues in a debate article published in Ålandstidningen, Nya Åland and Hufvudstadsbladet on the commemoration day of the demilitarisation of Åland, 31.3.2011, that both may illuminate an increased tendency to use military means internationally. A link to the debate article (in Swedish) can be found on the Swedish version of this site.

Debate article about racism

2011-03-21 07:57:29

On the anti-racism day 21st of March a discussion about racism was arranged in the City Library by the Åland multicultural association and the Åland Islands Peace Institute. In advance of the event a debate article by the ÅIPI researcher Heidi Öst was published in the local newspapers. It can be downloades as pdf (in Swedish) here.

 

Debate article about Northen Coasts

2010-09-10 09:51:55

In connection to the military exercise "Northen Coasts" in the Baltic Sea in September 2010, the ÅIPI Director sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark wrote a debate article that was published in Ålandic local media. the debate article is written in Swedish and can be downloaded in pdf here.

What is the problem with Gender Roles?

2010-09-03 09:29:34

An information campaign about gender equality was launched on Åland between 30th of August and 3rd of September 2010 within the project Challenging Gender Roles for Prevention of Trafficking.

A debate article about gender roles was published in the local newspapers. The article (in Swedish) can be downloaded as pdf here.

Article on dialogue in Crimea

2010-08-01 09:17:45

ÅIPI researcher Heidi Öst participated in July 2010 in a meeting about language issues in Crimea. The meeting was arranged within the framework of the Crimea Policy Dialogue Project, partly financed by the Finnish foreign ministry. After the meeting Heidi wrote an article that was published in both the Ålandic local papers. The article (in Swedish) can be downloaded here.

Debate article on Nordic security cooperation

2009-09-29 11:42:27

With regard to the meeting of the Nordic Council of Ministers on Åland on 29 September 2009, the Ålandic newspapers have published a debate article by the Åland Islands Peace Institute's director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark. Read the article here.

Åland and the world refugee day

2009-06-18 09:17:09

refugeeOn June 20th 2009, the World Refugee Day was observed around the world. On this day, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) draws attention to the plight of the 42 million people worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes and are now in need of protection.
The Åland Islands Peace Institute sees the day as a time to reflect on Åland as both a host society for refugees and a model for preventing displacement. Researchers linked to the Åland Islands Peace Institute have jointly written an article on the issue.
The article can be found here.

Debate article on demilitarization

2009-03-30 06:45:15

In connection with the demilitarisation day, 30th of March 2009, the debate article Ålands demilitarisering - självklar eller hotad, written by director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, was published in the local paper Nya Åland (29.3.2009). The article (in Swedish) can be downloaded here.

Debate article on the limits of the freedom of speech

2008-01-16 06:47:31

In January 2008 a debate article "Yttrandefrihetens gränser was published in Fredsposten. The article (in Swedish) can be downloaded here.

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