Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

Hamngatan 4
AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
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The Åland Islands Peace Institute organizes open seminars, conferences, lectures and discussions on current issues within its areas of interest, on its own or in co-operation with other institutions.

Lunch seminar on regional separatism and European integration

2020-02-18 10:22:46

Lunch seminar 5.3.2020 on Thursday 5.3.2020 at 11.30-12.30 in hotel Arkipelag’s restaurant.
"Regional separatism and European integration – Catalonia, Scotland and the EU"
Speaker: Niklas Bremberg


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Lunch seminar on the new pre-requisites for economic growth

2020-02-03 12:48:40

Lunch seminar on Wednesday, 12.2.2020 at 11.30-12.30 in Hotel Arkipelag's restaurant.
“The new conditions for economic growth. How is Åland affected by the mega trends?”
Speaker: Jouko Kinnunen, ÅSUB


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Lunch seminar 12 November 2019: Does the EU suffer from a democratic deficit?

2019-10-28 12:14:21

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.

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Lunch seminar 24 October 2019: Hybrid threats - how do they affect the demilitarisation and neutralisation of Åland?

2019-10-17 09:02:38

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.

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

2019-09-27 13:19:06

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?

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Lunchseminar 29 August 2019: Paradiplomacy in the North Atlantic and the Arctic

2019-08-21 10:58:18

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Paradiplomacy has become a strategy for autonomous regions to get their voices heard in international contexts. Paradiplomacy means that the autonomous regions have their own representatives abroad and conduct their own foreign policy although they are subordinated to the countries they belong to. Occasionally some regions like the Faroe Islands and Greenland can have the right to participate as independent members in international organizations that do not only have states as their members. In the seminar the strategies within paradiplomacy of the Faroe Islands and Greenland are compared.

Maria Ackrén is a Doctor of Political Science from Åbo Akademi University and she works as a lecturer in Political Science at Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland. The seminar is based on recently implemented research in the field of paradiplomacy.

Seminar on new study on trust in the Åland society

2018-11-13 13:59:01

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On 12 November, Åland Statistic arranged a seminar launching the first ever Åland trust study, a survey to which the Åland Islands Peace Institute has contributed. Researcher Sanna Roos (ÅSUB) and Research Coordinator Petra Granholm (Åland Islands Peace Institute) presented the results of the trust study. Other speakers were Maria Bäck, PhD and researcher at Samforsk, Åbo Academi university, Lars Trägårdh, Professor of History and Civil Society Studies, and Laura Hartman, Associate Professor in Economics and Chairperson of the Swedish Trust Delegation. Moderator was the director of Ålnd Statistics, Katarina Fellman.

Lunch seminar 11.12.2018: Who will save the Baltic Sea?

2018-12-04 13:54:53

Lunchseminarium 11.12.2018 Ringbom

Lunch seminar 11.12.2018: Who will save the Baltic Sea? The role of law in environmental governance.

Tuesday, 11.12.2018 at 11.30-12.30 in hotel Arkipelag's restaurant.
Professor Henrik Ringbom is a specialist in maritime law and the law of the sea. At this seminar he presents research recently conducted within the framework of the BALEX network, in particular regarding multi-level governance and environmental regulation.
The Baltic Sea is affected by up to six different levels of legislation at the same time, thus probably the world's most regulated and managed sea area. What happens when so many different levels of legislation regulate the same thing? What happens when there are no rules? And what kind of legislation works?

The seminar is held in Swedish. Lunch can be bought in the restaurant and taken to the seminar held in the southern part of the restaurant. The seminar will start at 11.30 and will last an hour.

Lunch seminar 10.4.2018. Janne Holmén about islands, identities and mental maps

2018-04-04 09:49:00

Janne Holmen 228x300Date: 10.4.2018
Time: 11:30 am – 12.30 pm
Place: the restaurant at Hotell Arkipelag

How does islanders perceive their identity and their history in relation to the national state and to the surrounding world? Historian Janne Holmén has researched on the one hand on islands, identity and historical writing, and on the other hand, on historical consciousness and mental maps. At the seminar Holmén will discuss how regional history-writing has contributed to the formation of regional identities on the islands of Åland, Gotland, Dagö, Ösel and Bornholm. While regional history writing, in most cases, aims to integrate the island into the national state, it has been used in Åland during the second half of the 20th century to depict its inhabitants as a separate nation.

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Lunch seminar 19.4 with Lia Markelin

2017-04-07 08:24:47

Markelin 2015The next lunch seminar will be held on April 19, from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm, at Hotell Arkipelag. The speaker is Lia Markelin from the think tank Magma, and her topic is “What’s happening to the Swedish language in Finland?” The seminar is held in Swedish.

A lot is happening in the world and in Finland which affects the position of the Swedish language in Finland. During the past eight years, the think tank Magma has been following the development and has brought important topics for the Swedish speaking Finland up to discussion. What does the digitalization, the social welfare and health care reforms and the new core curriculum for the basic education bring about for the Swedish-speaking population in Finland?  Which are the threats and the opportunities for the Swedish-speaking in Finland?

Magma’s research coordinator Lia Markelin discusses these questions in relation to the work of the think tank. She has been employed at Magma for six years, and before that she worked with the co-ordination of Swedish university collaboration in the capital region of Finland. Markelin also works part time as an assistant professor at the Sámi University College in Norway. She is a board member of the Åland Islands Peace Institute since 2015.  

Lunch can be bought in the restaurant and brought into the seminar room, which is in the southern part of restaurant. The seminar starts 11.30 am and lasts an hour. Please sign up in our Facebook event or send an e-mail to susann(at)peace.ax. Drop-in guests are also welcome.

Lunch seminar with Mikael Wigell 2.3.2017: A New Cold War? Power Politics in the 21st Century

2017-02-27 14:05:00

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The second lunch seminar of the year will be held on March 2, from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm, at Hotell Arkipelag. The speaker is Mikael Wigell, and his topic is “A New Cold War? Power Politics in the 21st Century”. The seminar is held in Swedish.

The liberal world order seems to be under threat from the new power politics. There is often talk of the return of geopolitics, or perhaps a new cold war. Russia seemingly wants to overthrow the international legal order. It is also uncertain to what extent the USA, with president Trump in the lead, is prepared to defend the international legal order. What does this mean for Europe? And how should Europe deal with the situation?

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Lunch seminar with Kenneth Gustavsson: ”The Åland Islands 1944-46 – reunification with the Motherland?”

2017-01-19 12:26:13

Kenneth Gustavsson webbThe first seminar of the year will be held at Hotell Arkipelag in Mariehamn on 31 January at 11.30 am. It will be held in Swedish by associate professor and antiquarian Kenneth Gustavsson. The topic of the seminar is ”The Åland Islands 1944-46 – reunification with the Motherland?”.

In the shadow of the Finnish-Soviet armistice in 1944, the leadership of the Åland Islands pursued a reunification with Sweden. The other alternative they had in mind, was some kind of independence of the Åland Islands. The leadership of the Åland Islands was therefore secretly in touch with representatives of Sweden. The outcome, however, was a disappointment. Both Sweden and Finland dismissed any ideas of the kind. In addition, the Soviet Union unequivocally declared that the Åland Islands should be subordinated to Finnish authority. Gustavsson lectures on this extraordinary history based on new material discovered in archives in Helsinki, Stockholm and Mariehamn.

Kenneth Gustavsson. Antiquarian, PhD in archeology and associate professor of history. He has been working for many years at the Åland Museum, previously primarily with archaeological questions surrounding the medieval and late time, but currently mainly with recent history. His focus is the strategical and political importance of Åland in the Baltic Sea during the 2000s, including the demilitarization and neutralization regimes. He has published several books and numerous articles on the subject. Member of The Royal Society of Naval Sciencesfrom 2013 and the Historical Committee at The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland from 2015.

Breakfast discussion on borders and boundlessness

2017-02-15 11:12:41


On February 22th, the Åland Islands Peace Institute will host a breakfast discussion in co-operation with Nordens institute på Åland (NIPÅ), on borders and boundlessness, in relation to the art exhibition gränsløs.gif. 

The art exhibition is held from 18 January to 6 April at NIPÅ’s gallery. Ten creators from the Åland Islands, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Estonia, aged 13-41, have used the traditional GIF file format to explore and interpret the themes, borders and boundlessness. In a world where borders and boundlessness are constantly up for discussion, the art exhibition strives to be inspiring and thought-provoking, on both a societal and geographical level, as well as on a more personal and existential level. Learn more about the art exhibition here (in Swedish).

The speakers include Professor and Acting Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Kjell-Åke Nordquist; researcher and postgraduate student at University of Turku, Saila Heinikoski; artist Minna Öberg; registered psychologist and psychotherapist Sonja Dolke, along with Acting Director at NIPÅ, Jacob Mangwana Haagendal. 

The breakfast discussion is held in Swedish and will take place on February 22th from 9am to 10 am (the doors open at 8.30 am) at Nordens Institut på Åland, Köpmansgatan 4, 22100 Mariehamn.

Coffee, and a light breakfast is included, free of charge.

Pre-register to the event at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop-in.


Lunch Seminar on Mediation and Restorative Justice

2016-09-14 08:07:14

FB3 Lunchseminarium medling storreOn 20 September the Åland Islands Peace Institute will hold a lunch seminar on the theme of mediation and restorative justice. Lecturers Malin Söderberg and Justina Donielaite will talk about experiences of mediation within the local Åland Mediation Office, which started ten years ago. They will be joined by volontary mediators, active in providing mediation services on Åland. The lecture will cover theory an practise of restorative justice and lessons learned from 10 years of mediation activities on Åland. The seminar will be held in Swedish at the Hotell Arkipelag Restaurant at 11.30.

Lunch seminar: Professor Kjell-Åke Nordquist on the peace process in Burma/Myanmar

2016-06-02 08:06:04

Kjellake 72On 16 June, the ÅIPI will arrange a lunch seminar on the national peace process in Burma Myanmar with Professor Kjell-Åke Nordquist. The seminar will be held in Swedish at Hotell Arkipelag in Mariehamn at 11.30. Lunch can be purchased in the restaurant and taken to the workshop to be held at the secluded southern end of the restaurant. The seminar starts at 11.30 and lasts one hour.

Kjell-Åke Nordquist is the Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, and has been working in the fields of autonomy and conflict resolution both as a researcher and a practitioner, and has been a member of the Board as well as the Research Council of the Åland Islands Peace Institute since its start. As a practitioner he has been working with peace processes mainly in Colombia, the Middle East, and South East Asia (Timor-Leste, Burma).

In Burma/Myanmar, various parts of the phased negotiation process that will lead to a national peace accord, is currently under planning. Since autumn 2015 there is a ceasefire, signed by several armed ethnic armies and the government. The forms of political and broad completion of the different civil wars, that have occurred in the country since the 1960s, is still subject to negotiations. One of the major issues is how to implement self-government structures within the federal system of Burma/Myanmar.

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Lunch seminar: PhD Gunilla Herolf on EU security politics

2016-04-28 08:46:54

On 17 May, the ÅIPI will arrange a lunch seminar the EU security politics with  PhD Gunilla Herolf. The seminar will be held in Swedish at Hotell Arkipelag in Mariehamn at 11.30.
Gunilla Herolf  is Chair of the Research Council of the Åland Islands Peace Institute. She has been a researcher at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Her main fields of interest are European integration and security cooperation.

Lunch seminar on demilitarisation held in Mariehamn

2016-03-01 14:24:00

Demilitariserings seminarium 2

On 29 February 2016 the Åland Islands Peace Institute hosted a lunch seminar in Mariehamn on the topic of "Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world". The seminar was held in Swedish. At the event Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark spoke about the proliferation of various forms of civil-military cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, and researcher Saila Heinikoski talked about how the European Union's foreign and security policy has affected the demilitarisation of the Åland Islands and about the position of the demilitarisation in Finnish politics.
Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark is the research leader and Saila Heinikoski is one of the researchers in a three year research project named "Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world", that is funded by the KONE Foundation and Ålands Culture Foundation (Ålands kulturstiftelse). 

More information about the project can be found here.


Conference on Nordic autonomies in a Peace Persepective

2015-02-09 07:47:16

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On Monday, the 26th of January the Nordic autonomies and their relation to peace was discussed by politicians and scholars in a seminar arranged on Åland by the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Citizen’s and Consumer Committee of the Nordic Council. The audience consisted of members of the Nordic Council, gathered on the Åland Islands to attend the Nordic Council’s committee meetings, as well as invited guests. In the Alandica auditorium all 200 seats were taken when the conference was opened by the President of the Nordic Council, Höskuldur Þórhallsson and Annicka Engblom, President of the Nordic Council’s Citizen’s and Consumer Committee. They provided an overview of the background to the conference and the research project “The Nordic autonomies – Experiences and Visions in a Peace Perspective”.

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Discussion on Peace and Democracy on 13 March

2014-03-14 13:54:05

Lassi Härmälä, Programme Manager at Demo Finland, and Maria Mekri, Research Director at SaferGlobe, informed in the city library of Mariehamn about their activity on Thursday, March 13th. Härmälä focused on the activities of his organisation in democracy consolidation in Nepal and in Tunisia. Mekri presented the project she is currently devoted to: the development of a Peace Index, which will be firstly applied to Finland. An interesting discussion ranging from Crimea to Aland between audience and speaker followed.

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Discussion on Peace and Democracy

2014-03-06 11:55:50

Peace sign wordsDiscussion on Peace and Democracy

 Thursdag March 13th, Mariehamn city library, 1 - 3 p.m

In Swedish and English.

The Questions

Lassi Härmälä, Programme Manager at Demo Finland: Why do traditional methods for peace and democracy building not usually offer long lasting solutions? Why is it necessary to support democracy in fragile environments and include political parties in the peace building efforts? Is democracy the best tool for conflict management?

Maria Mekri, Research Director at SaferGlobe, coordinates currently the development of a Finnish Peace Report as part of a Global Peace Index. This index shall be able to answer questions such as “Is Finland becoming more peaceful or less?” and “What has caused the improvements of Espoo’s peacefulness?”

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Closing seminar Fair Sex 2013

2013-12-23 11:46:32

Seminarium_fair_sexOn 17 December the project Fair Sex 2013 held a concluding seminar. 

”Fair Sex” is a project run by the Åland Island Peace Institute, and financed by the gocernment of Åland, which aims at the prevention of sexual violence and the promotion of gender equality among youth on the Åland Islands. The project includes interactive workshops for students as well as training and consulting activities for teachers and headmasters on how to promote gender equality in school. 

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Closing seminar for Fair Sex project 2013

2013-12-11 12:44:13

On Tuesday 17 December a closing seminar for the project Fair Sex 2013 will be held in the Upper Secondary School Ålands yrkesgymnasium, Östra skolgatan 2, in Mariehamn, Åland between 3 and 5 p.m. At the seminar Project Manager Cecilia Brenner and Project Assistant Liselott Lindén will present experiences and conclusions from 2013, plans for 2014 will be discussed and the audience will be invited to discuss.


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Lecture on sexuality and intellectual disabilities

2013-12-03 07:21:00

Forelasning_Lukkerz_2013On November 19, the Åland Islands Peace Institute has arranged a lecture on sexuality and intellectual disabilities with Mr Jack Lukkerz. The lecture was aimed primarily at those that work professionally with people with intellectual disabilities.

Sexuality and intellectual disability - A lecture for professionals

2013-11-05 16:16:20

JackOn November 19, the Åland Islands Peace Institute will arrange a lecture on sexuality and intellectual disabilities with Mr Jack Lukkerz. The lecture is aimed primarily at those that work professionally with people with intellectual disabilities.

Time: November 19 at . 9:00 to 12:00
Location: Auditorium at the Åland Lyceum
Language: Swedish
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Seminar: The Nordic countries and peace

2013-04-18 12:37:39

The Åland Islands Peace Institute, in cooperation with the Association Norden on Åland, arranged a seminar on Monday, 25 March connected to the current debate about Nordic defense and security cooperation. The seminar took place in the Åland Parliament’s auditorium. Senior researcher Pertti Joenniemi held a keynote speech, followed by four commentaries and an open discussion. The debate was moderated by Dr. Mikael Wigell, researcher at the Finish Institute for International Affairs and member of the research council of the Peace Institute. The seminar was arranged in light of the swiftly progressing debate concerning the strengthening and deepening of Nordic defense and security cooperation. The consolidation of defense and security cooperation in the Nordic countries is high on the agenda during Norway’s presidency in the Nordic Council of Ministers. The seminar touched upon the following questions: What are the implications of strengthened security cooperation for the Nordic countries’ self-image and role as a peace promoting region? Under which democratic requirements can such decisions be made? Should the Nordic countries rather invest in developing their peace profile? What is meant with tighter structures for defense cooperation? 

Further documentation of the seminar can be found in Swedish, here.


Discussions about the Åland solution’s creation and contemporary interpretations

2013-03-27 08:38:31

How has the creation of the Åland solution been interpreted in history, how do we understand it today through the glasses of the 21st century and which historic facts have been emphasized while others have remained in the shadows? These were some of the main questions at the round table discussion with the title “The Åland solution’s creation – contemporary interpretations”,  which was arranged by the Åland Islands Peace Institute. The discussion took place in Mariehamn’s city library on 21 March 2012 and was opened by Mats Adamczak followed by the commentaries of Jerker Örjans, folke Wickström and Nina Fellman. The Peace Institute’s director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark functioned as moderator.

The point of departure for the discussion was that the Åland solution remains important and timely for Åland and globally. Today, it can be considered a contribution to the growth of democracy on Åland, in Finland and the Nordic countries. Important political and legal institutions, such as the autonomy of the Åland Islands, need continuous screening, through new glasses and from different perspectives. New material surfaces from archives and old sources are viewed at again. New insights and interpretations influence both, Åland’s and the Ålanders’ own self-image but also the understanding of the Åland solution around the world and in different conflict regions.

SEMINAR: From idea to institute - The story about the foundation of the ÅIPI

2012-10-08 10:44:50

20_arsrapportOctober 25th 1992, the Åland Peace Association established the foundation Åland Islands Peace institute. Ecacly 20 years later, on the 25th of October 2012 the ÅIPI will organise an open seminar to present a new report written by Martha Hannus, about the process that led to the establishment of the Institute. the report describes how the process was characterized by different visions of what civil society should do, on what peace actually is and could be, and on the specific relationship between Åland and mainland Finland. It is also an example of the successful civil society advocacy, and an example of how a minority’s perception of itself can change over time. 

The report is published within the report series Rapport från Ålands fredsinstitut - Report from the Åland Islands Peace Institute in Swedish and will be translated to English.

The seminar will be held in the City Library of Mariehamn on 25th of October at 6 p.m. The author will present her report and open up for questions and discussions. Coffée, tea and cake will be provided. Finally, a 50-minutes documtentary film about the long lasting co-operation partner of the ÅIPI, the non-governmental kindergarden Nendre in Lithuania, will be shown.

Historic meeting for partners from six countries

2012-05-11 12:56:26

On May 21-25 the Åland Islands Peace Institute is happy to gather on Åland representatives from partner organizations in all countries where the ÅIPI has been co-operating on gender equality and empowerment since the foundation in 1992. Participants come from Lithuania, Latvia, Russia (Karelia and the Kaliningrad region), Belarus and Azerbaijan. All the partner organisations have in cooperation with the Peace Institute adopted the so called girl and boy group method that aims to strenghten individuals’ selfesteem and to promote their abilities to question prevailing gender norms, to solve conflicts peacefully and to take an active part in society.

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Speeches and pictures from seminar on the Åland Example, held in Helsinki 10th of april 2012

2012-04-12 09:30:22

About 120 persons, many of them diplomats, politicians or civil servants, attended the seminar ”The Prospects of the Åland Example as a tool of Nordic Peace Mediation - Tackling Identity Conflicts, Autonomy and Minority Rights” that was held at the Parliament Annex Auditorium in Helsinki the 10th of April 2012. The seminar was arranged by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and the Åland Islands Peace Institute with the support of the Constitutional law Committee of the Parliament of Finland and the Contact group for Åland and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Below, speeches in pdf can be downloaded. 


Erkki Tuomioja, Minister for Foreign Affairs of  Finland, Johannes Koskinen, Chair of the Constitutional Law Committee, Parliament of Finland, Britt Lundberg, Speaker of the Åland Parliament, Roger Jansson, member of the Åland Parliament and Member of the Board of Directors of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Camilla Gunell, Head of the Åland Government and Arne Selander, Head of Administration of the Åland Government.

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Seminar in Helsinki on the Åland Example

2012-03-19 09:11:45

In the morning of the 10th of April 2012 the seminar ”The Prospects of the Åland Example as a tool of Nordic Peace Mediation - Tackling Identity Conflicts, Autonomy and Minority Rights” will be held at the Parliament Annex Auditorium in Helsinki. The seminar is arranged by the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, with the support of the Constitutional law Committee of the Parliament of Finland.

The keynote speaker is Mr Erkki Tuomioja, Minister for Foreign Affairs of  Finland. Speakers include: Johannes Koskinen, Chair of the Constitutional Law Committee, Parliament of Finland, Britt Lundberg, Speaker of the Åland Parliament, Dr. Kristine Höglund, Associate Professor Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University Peace and Conflict Research, Ambassador Kai Eide, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, Dr. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Associate Professor, Director of The Åland Islands Peace Institute and Elisabeth Nauclér, Member of the Parliament of Finland, representing Åland Islands. Moderator is Dr. Teija Tiilikainen, Director Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

The invitation to the seminar (in pdf) can be found here. Please note the registration requirement in the invitation.

On the same afternoon the Speaker of the Åland Parliament and the Head of the Åland Government invites the participants of the seminar to a reception at the Åland Information Office in Helsinki, where the topic can be further discussed.

The invitation to the reception (in pdf) can be found here. Please note the registration requirement in the invitation.

International Conference on the Åland Example

2011-11-04 08:36:15

On Tuesday 1 November 2011 over a hundred participants from different parts of the world gathered in Mariehamn Åland for the international conference with the title "The Åland Example and its components - Relevance for International Conflict Resolution".  The conference was organised by the Åland Islands Peace Institute, as a closing conference of the research project ”The Åland Example: Still of Global Interest and Relevance?” Simoultaneously a publication including the results of the research was launched.

Pictures taken at the conference by photographer Lukrecija Bielskyte

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Discussion on demilitarization, 24th of March 2011

2011-03-22 10:35:51

On the occasion of the upcoming Åland demilitarization day (March 30th) the ÅIPI will arrange a discussion (in Swedish) on the theme of "Demilitarization and neutralization, open questions and current challenges". The discussion will be held in Hotel Pommern in Mariehamn on March 24th at 6 p.m.
The director of the ÅIPI, Dr. Sia Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Associate Professor in international law, will give an introduction followed by comments of Dr. Elina Pirjatanniemi, professor in state and international law, Peter Lindbäck, Governor on Åland, and Mr Harry Jansson, member of the Åland parliament.

Debate on the prevention of sexual violence, March 7

2011-03-03 13:56:15

Interreglogos_72On March 7, 2011, just before the International Women's Day, a debate was organized by the Åland Islands Peace Institute in the auditorium of the Åland Parliament at 6 p.m. The debate was about how to prevent sexual violence and it was organized in response to the current debate on rape and sexual crimes legislation on Åland. The Åland debate has centered on sexual crime laws, but not as much on society's perception of sexual violence, the norms associated with gender, on gender equality and on how to prevent sexual violence.
During the debate on March 7th to the Åland Islands Peace Institute was offering a forum to "talk about it", and follow up the debate on sexual crimes legislation and, above all, to broaden the debate in order to discuss sexual violence as a social phenomenon, as well as to discuss how sexual violence can be prevented.
For more information read the invitation and program.
In that sense Mia Hanström, gender consultant, who works as an educator in the Peace Institute's project Challenging gender roles to prevent trafficking has launched a petition to change the Finnish legislation on sexual crimes. The petition will run until April 15.  You can read and write it here.

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Seminar on prevention of genocide

2010-10-12 12:28:13

On Saturday 30th of October 2010 the Åland Islands Peace Institute and UNIFEM Finland arranged a lecture on how to prevent genocide, in the city library of Mariehamn, on Åland. The lecture was given by Helena Ranta, professor at Helsinki University and chairperson of UNIFEM Finland. Helena Ranta's Power Point presentation you can download here (in Swedish).

Seminar on the right of linguistic minorities to recieve education in and of their own language

2010-10-12 12:22:34

On Thursday 21st of October 2010, the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Multicultural society of Åland will arrange a seminar on the right of linguistic minorities to recieve education in and of their own language at the city library in Mariehamn, Åland. The seminar, that is held in Swedish, will start at 3 p.m.
Key note speaker is Mr Kristian Myntti, researcher at the Law department of Åbo Akademi University. A report on the same topic, written by Mr Myntti, was recently published by the ÅIPI.
At the seminar Ms Ingrid Iremark, general consul of Sweden on Åland, will compare Finnish and Swedish jurisdiction in the area of minority education. Mr Jouko Kinnunen participate in a discussion about the situation of linguistic minorities on Åland.

Peace Institute contributes to the Conference on multilingualism in the Nordic countries

2010-09-28 10:33:17

flag_faroe_islandsThe Peace Institute co-organizes together with the Research Center for Social Development, the University of the Faroe Islands the conference "Four or more languages for all: Language policy challenges of the future", which will be held on 22-24 August 2011 in the Nordic House in Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands. This conference is based on a broad understanding of multilingualism and language policy.


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ÅIPI contributed to seminar on demilitarization

2010-09-08 10:42:44


On the 7th of September 2010 the Peace Institute Director Ms. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark participated in a seminar on the demilitarization of Åland in relation to new European challenges that was held in the Parliament of Åland. Key note speaker was Mr Alexander Stubb, Foreign Minister of Finland.

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Seminar on Scottish devolution

2010-06-01 07:13:20

On 16th of June 2010 at 13.00-15.00 a seminar with Dr. Eve Hepburn on Scottish devolution was held in the Parliament building of Mariehamn. The organizers were the Åland Parliament and the Åland Islands Peace Institute. The seminar was held in English, with the option of asking questions in Swedish.

eve_hepburnThe theme was the following: Scotland's parliament is now over a decade old. The Scottish nation has been irrevocably changed by the devolution settlement in 1999, but the need for further constitutional change continues to dominate the political agenda. The lecture explored three main questions. First, why did devolution take place? Second, what are the main features of the devolution settlement, in terms of institutions and powers for Scotland? And finally, what are the consequences of devolution? Has it been a success or a failure? And is it really a stepping stone to independence?

A summary of the seminar can be found here.

More information on Dr Hepburn can be found here.

Seminar: Ålandic contributions to peace

2010-04-19 07:03:36

Fredsseminarium_72On the 30th of March 2010, at the day of the demilitarization of Åland, a seminar on peace workwas held at Ålands handelsläroverk in Mariehamn. At the seminar persons who have contributed to peace related work abroad shared their experiences. The possibilities to use Ålandic experiences in peace work was discussed, with the Åland example as a point of departure.
The seminar was held in Swedish.
Download Tom Asplund's presentation of CMC here. (pdf)

Seminar on EU strategies

2010-01-14 09:12:16

On Monday 11 January 2010 the seminar "Strategic options for Åland in the EU" was held in the town library of Mariehamn. The seminar is based on the researcher Sarah Stephan's report "Regional voices in the European Union - regions with legislative power and multi-level-governance. Perspectives for the Åland Islands."

Sarah Stephen demonstrates how different ways of looking at the EU can have effects on the methods for influence chosen by regions. She also indicates that there are more ways of gaining influence than those normally considered, and since these methods do not need to be expansive they can also be useful for smaller regions with limited resources.
A few possible alternatives for Åland is to increase the presence in Brussels, to offer expert knowledge within special areas of expertise, and to increase the knowledge of Åland at a national level as well as at a European level through for instance civil service exchanges.

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Maria Ackrén: The self-governance of Åland in global comparison, 2009

2009-11-25 11:14:38

maria_ackren_72Maria Ackrén recently defended her doctoral thesis ”Conditions for Different Autonomy Regimes in the World - A Fuzzy-set Application” at Åbo Akademi in Turku. In her thesis she maps the territorial autonomies of the world and shows how the fuzzy-set method can be used in the field of comparative politics. On 1st of December 2009 at 2p.m. in the auditorium of the Åland Parliament, she gave a lecture in Swedish on her thesis, mainly focusing on findings interesting from an Ålandic perspective.
The event was arranged by the Åland Parliament and the Åland Islands Peace Institute jointly.

Seminar on identity and attitudes towards immigration

2009-09-10 11:48:49

Bogdan About 40 people came to the city library in Mariehamn, Åland, on the evening of the 8th of September 2009 to listen to researcher Bogdan State presenting his report "Strangers by degrees: Attitudes toward Immigrants in the Åland islands".
Local media, as well as the Swedish-speaking newspaper Huvudstadsbladet in Helsinki, have reported on the report and its results.
Links to some of the reports (in Swedish) can be found below.
Nya Åland - Bra svenska det vikitgaste för att bli ålänning 9.9.2009
Ålands radio - Bättre svenskundervisning ger lyckad integration 8.9.2009
Tv 24 - Åland 24 den 9:e september 9.9.2009

Seminar comparing Åland and Okinawa

2009-09-01 07:15:24

On the 1st to 2nd of September 2009 the Åland Islands Peace Institute, together with the Japan Local Government Centre (London), organized a seminar on the theme "Transforming the relationship with Central Government", in Mariehamn, Åland. The purpose was to compare the two island regions since they show interesting similarities and differences. The invited speakers from Okinawa, Japan, and Åland, Finland, discussed issues concerning economy, peace and politics.
The comparison focuses on the self-governing, demilitarized Åland region and the Ryukyu islands southwest of the Japanese mainland in the Pacific Ocean. The islands with 1,4 million inhabitants are a popular tourist resort and have a language and culture distinct from the mainland. The U.S. military presence in Okinawa after World War 2 has had great impact on Okinawa's social, economic, and cultural development. For the self-sustaining development of Okinawa, Okinawa is setting up a centre for IT industry accumulation and an institute of science and technology. Okinawa has a special free trade zone since 1999 to promote industry and trade.
Download the seminar programme here
The organisers have written a report from the event, that can be downloaded here.

Aud-Lise Norheim: How can a small country make a difference for peace? 2009

2009-08-15 14:39:53

audlisewebbThe Norwegian ambassdor in Beirut, Lebanon, Aud Lise Norheim, will give a public speech at the City library in Mariehamn, Åland, on the 18th of August at 13.30-15.00. The ambassador will speak on the importance of continuous dialogue as a prerequisite for peace making and will share her experiences from a long career around the world, including work in the Middle East and South Africa. The name of the lecture is 'How can a small country make a difference for peace?'.
A summary of the lecture can be downloaded here.

Seminar on European security policy

2009-06-01 07:26:26

The common security and defence policy of the European Union is rapidly being developed and is also a central part of the security of Finland.  How does the Finnish account of security and defence policy meet the challenges of the future? What will be Sweden’s priorities for the presidency? What will this mean for Åland?
On 1 June at 13.00 the Europe Information, in cooperation with the Åland Islands Peace Institute, arranged a seminar on security policy in the town library of Mariehamn. The lecture was held by Markus Lyra, Under Secretary of State for the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Nils Daag, Deputy Head of Unit at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, acted as discussant. 

Åland's demilitarisation - self-evident or threatened?

2009-03-30 07:31:16

s_vassWhat effects does European security cooperation have on Åland's demilitarisation? The Åland Islands Peace Institute invited the public to discuss this question at the seminar "Åland's demilitarisation - self?evident or threatened?" where both the threats and opportunities of enhanced security cooperation were discussed.
Around 35 persons came together at the Handelshögskola in Mariehamn to participate in the seminar on Monday evening, March 30th - Åland's Demilitarisation Day. Among the issues discussed were Thorvald Stoltenberg's recent report on enhanced Nordic security cooperation, the European security cooperation, enhanced by the Treaty of Lisbon, Finland's partnership for peace with NATO and a possible future Finnish Nato membership.
A summary of the content of the seminar can be found here.

Seminar on Åland's demilitarization

2009-03-26 23:00:00

FlagOn the Day of the demilitarisation, 30th of March, the Åland Islands Peace institute was arranging a seminar on Åland's demilitarization - self evident or threatened? Is the demilitarization and neutralization of Åland affected by the security co-operation within Europe? The seminar was held in Swedish in Ålands Handelsläroverk at Östra Skolgatan Monday 30th of March 2009 at 6.00 p.m.

Seminar on the Lisbon treaty

2009-03-02 08:03:48

On 24 February 2009 the Åland Islands Peace Institute organized a seminar on the Lisbon Treaty in the auditorium of the Ålandic parliament. The first speaker at the seminar, Janina Tallqvist, EU law?making secretary at the Ministry of Justice, gave an overview over the changes to the current set?up and functioning of the European Union to be implemented by the Lisbon Treaty. Susanne Eriksson, director of the Ålandic parliament, explored which implications these changes will have for the Åland Islands. Andreas Backfolk, special adviser of the Ålandic government in Brussels, discussed the changes in the decision?making process. Read more about the seminar here .

Jan Eliasson: Reflections on mediation and conflict resolution, 2008

2008-10-08 14:44:49

eliassonwebbOn the 8th of October 2008 Jan Eliason held a lecture in Mariehamn, Åland on "Reflections on mediation and conflict resolution, personal experiences from mediation in the conflicts Iran/Iraq, Nagorno-Karabach and Darfur".
Until July 1, 2008 Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Darfur. Jan Eliasson has a distinguished career as Swedish diplomat and finishing as Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2006. Eliasson was the President of the UN General Assembly 2005-06. Eliasson was the Swedish Ambassador to Washington 2000-05, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs 1994-2000 and UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, 1992-94. Earlier, 1988-1992, he was Sweden's Ambassador to the United Nations in New York.
Jan Eliasson was invited by the Åland Island Peace Institute through Betil Jobéus, Consul general of Sweden on Åland and member of the Peace Institutes' board.

Seminar on civil crises management

2008-05-02 14:01:39

On may 9th 2008 at 10.00-13.30 the Aland Islands Peace Institute and the Crisis Management Center Finland held a seminar about civil crisis management at Ålands lagting in Mariehamn. Among the topics discussed were the civil crisis management at the Aland Islands, internally displaced persons and crisis management, experiences from field work in the Western Balkans and civil-military coordination, and Crisis Management Centre and Finland in the context of EU and United Nation civilian crisis management activities.
The speakers from the Aland Islands were county governor Peter Lindbäck, minister Roger Eriksson, director of the Aland Islands Peace Institute Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark and researcher Rhodri Williams, also from the Aland Islands Peace Institute. Participants from the Crisis Management Center Finland were director Ari Kerkkänen, research director Kirsi Henriksson and senior researcher Jari Mustonen.

Roma people in Europe

2008-04-28 08:00:22

The Åland Islands Peace Institute arranged in cooperation with the Åland Peace Association, the Red Cross, the Multicultural Society of Åland and the Workers' Educational Association a seminar about the situation of the Roma people in Europe. The seminar took place on Monday 28th April in the Parliament Building in Mariehamn.
Contributors at the seminar were Ingrid Schiöler from the Red Cross in Sweden and Gunnar Jansson, first deputy speaker of the Åland Parliament and former chairman of the Roma Delegation in Finland.
Ingrid Schiöler gave an insight to the historical and cultural background of the Roma people and said that the persecution and discrimination they have experienced, and still are experiencing, makes many Romas suspicious of the representants of the majority people. Gunnar Jansson, who talked about European Roma politics, stressed that the Roma must be given opportunities to participate in decisions concerning themselves, especially on a local level where most everyday matters are resolved. They both pointed out that problems emerge when people in welthy societies react to the living standards of newcomers, still, the housing situation and the possibility to provide for themselves can for the newcomers be much better here than in their homeland.

New report about the right of domicile

2008-04-23 14:06:33

Report The Åland Islands Peace Institue has published a new report about the right of domicile in Åland.
In the report, Anna-Lena Sjölund (Researcher at the Åland Peace Institute) focuses on the right to conduct business, and own and/or be in possession of real property in Åland. She compares these rights with the non-discrimination principle of the EU.
Anna-Lena Sjölund will present her conclusions at a seminar in Mariehamn at Högskolan på Åland (Navigationsskolegränd 2) April 28th at 14-16.30. The seminar is arranged in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce.
The report "Ålandsprotokollet och EG-rättens icke-diskrimineringsprincip" (in Swedish) can be downloaded here [436 K]

Seminar on the integration of immigrants

2008-01-28 12:52:43

On Thursday 7th February 2008 at 16.00-17.45 (Hotel Savoy, Nygatan 12, Mariehamn), the Åland Islands Peace Institute together with the Multicultural Association on Åland arrange the seminar Immigrant Integration in the Åland Islands. Åland Peace Institute's report Immigrant Integration on Åland – an exploratory study will be presented (in English) by the author of the report, Bogdan State.

Comments by Kaveh Bahar, the Multicultural Association on Åland.
Warmly welcome!

Constitutions, Autonomies and the EU, Seminar 24th October 2007

2007-10-25 14:30:36

 On October 24th 2007, the Åland Islands Peace Institute arranged a seminar about the position of autonomous regions within the EU. The seminar focused on the development of the autonomy legislation in Spain and on the challenges of the Ålandic autonomy. The seminar was arranged in the Parliament Building in Mariehamn, Åland Islands. The seminar was conducted in English.

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Kjell-Åke Nordquist: Reconciliation - a political reality? 2007

2007-09-10 14:47:22

On 10 September 2007 at 18.30 Kjell-Åke Nordquist held a lecture in the town library of Mariehamn entitled ”Reconciliation – a political reality?”
The lecture dealt with reconciliation in both theory and practice. Nordquist unravels the concepts surrounding processes of reconciliation after war, and discusses what reconciliation could be and the ideas behind it. In recent years peace treaties have all the more often included elements of reconciliation, and the appointment of reconciliation commissions are often included in peace treaties. This is a relatively recent development in the history of peace processes. Twenty years ago reconciliation commissions barely existed. The process of reconciliation in South Africa, and its reconciliation commission, is perhaps one of the examples that have attracted the most attention.
Kjell-Åke Nordquist has himself worked with processes of reconciliation in, among others, East Timor and Colombia, from which he will also share his experiences. Kjell-Åke Nordquist is an associate professor in peace and conflict research at Uppsala University as well as a research developer at the Stockholm School of Theology.
Kjell-Åke Nordquist is a member of the board of directors of the Åland Islands Peace Institute as well as the chair of the institute’s research council.

Pär Stenbäck: International conflict management, 2007

2007-07-29 23:00:00

stenbackThe Åland Islands Peace Institute has invited Pär Stenbäck to hold a lecture entitled “International Conflict Management” in the town library of Mariehamn on 2 August at 18.30. Pär Stenbäck is a member of the board of directors of the Åland Islands Peace Institute. He has significant international experience from his time as the Foreign Minister of Finland and from innumerable international missions. He is, among other things, a board member of International Crisis Group.
International Crisis Group is an international non-state organisation with 130 employees on five continents. In addition to offices in Brussels, London, New York and Moscow there are twelve regional offices in conflict areas around the world. International Crisis Group analyses the situation on the ground, after which they compile reports and give concrete suggestions for measures that are required in order to solve or prevent conflict in the area at question.
Additionally the organisation publishes a monthly newsletter with updated information on international conflicts and risks of conflict. The organisation has recently published a peace plan for Sudan that attracted a lot of attention, as well as reports and commentaries on the situations in Papua, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Nepal, the Congo, Sri Lanka and East Timor.
Pär Stenbäck will discuss the work of the organisation in a range of current conflicts. In conjunction with the lecture there will also be an opportunity to discuss international conflict management.

Hans Blix: The cold peace - time for disarmament, 2007

2007-05-14 23:00:00

BlixwebOn 14 – 15 May 2007 Hans Blix visited Åland on invitation of the Åland Islands Peace Institute. Together with his wife Eva Kettis Hans Blix visited the Åland Islands Peace Institute, the Åland parliament and the Åland government. A trip was also made to Bomarsund and Kastelholm. On 14 May Hans Blix held a lecture at the town library of Mariehamn entitled “The Cold Peace. Time for Disarmament”.
Hans Blix is the chair of the International Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, which initiated its work in 2004, and presented its report Weapons of Terror in May 2006. The report includes, among other things, sixty suggestions for nuclear disarmament. More information about the work of the commission can be found at www.wmdcommission.org.
Read a summary of the lecture, the reporting of Nya Åland on 15.5.2007, the interview and editorial of Nya Åland on 16.5.2007, as well as the column of consul general Bertil Jobeus in Västervikstidningen on 21.5.2007 (all in Swedish).