The Åland Islands Peace Institute works on peace and conflict issues with both a practical and a research-oriented approach, using Åland and its special status as a starting point. The institute focuses on forms of self-governance, minority issues, demilitarisation, and conflict resolution. The Åland Island Peace Institute is part of several national and international networks for organisations that work on related issues.
The Peace Institute is a nonpolitical, nonreligious foundation that was founded in 1992. The institute’s board determines the overall activities while the researcher council is responsible for the scientific focus. The institute has consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
In 2018, the Åland Islands Peace Institute Board of Directors adopted a policy for environmental and social sustainability. Additionally, the institute is a co-actor of the bärkraft.ax network.
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The Åland Islands Peace Institute Board of Directors consists of a minimum of seven members and a maximum of ten. The board’s members are appointed at the annual meeting for a term of two years.
The Åland Islands Peace Institute Research Council is entrusted with the task of giving guidance on the direction and quality of the scientific research, and of supporting the development of research work.
The Peace Instititute appoints senior advisors who, on the basis of their knowledge and experience, can assist by imparting advice and sharing their experiences. The advisors participate in the institute’s international work on peace and conflict issues. Additionally, they help disseminate knowledge about the Åland Example, and represent the institute in various settings.