The Kastelholm Talks are recurring talks on the topic of peace, under the patronage of former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen. The talks are always held in association with Åland’s Demilitarization Day, the 30th March.
Through the Kastelholm Talks, the Åland Islands Peace Institute seeks to highlight a peace perspective by identifying and discussing solutions and opportunities for peaceful coexistence. The Kastelholm Talks aims to contribute to public education and knowledge development by being a forum for dialogue, rather than debate.
Kastelholm Talks 2021 was held on 29th of March
with the theme “Making Peace – Meetings, Mediators and Peace“.
This year’s panelists Jan Eliasson, Swedish ambassador, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and current Chairman of the Board of SIPRI and Björn Vikström, Professor of Theology at Åbo Akademi University, former bishop and Chairman of the Board of the Anders Chydenius Foundation discussed this year’s theme with the patron of the talks, President Halonen and the Director of the Peace Institute, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark.
Afterwards, we held a concluding conversation where we reflected and commented on this year’s panel discussion.
In case you missed it, everything can be seen again! You can also listen to our podcast series where invited guests give their perspective on this year’s theme.