Thursday, 16 October 2014
Kristina Dulebova is from Slovakia and is a volunteer at AIPI from 8.10.2014 to 30.09.2015. Kristina has a Bachelor's degree in international relations and diplomacy from Matej Bel University in Slovakia and currently she is finishing her Master's degree in international relations at Istanbul University. Current research topic of her thesis is role of the 3rd countries in mediation of conflicts, analyzing mediation of Slovak Republic in Cyprus bi communal dialogue as a case study. She has previously worked as an intern in organizations working with Armenian and Kurdish minorities in Turkey. Therefore at AIPI she would like to improve her knowledge about mediation of conflicts and working on projects concerning empowerment and human rights. She speaks Slovak and Czech (native), Russian, English, Turkish and German.
Friday, 10 October 2014
Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, says regarding the Nobel Peace Prize 2014: Nobel's will had a fairly comprehensive description of the purposes for which the peace prize is to strive for. He said that it is "fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses" that deserves attention.The Nobel Peace Prize Committee's decision makes it clear that children must be respected and protected from all forms of violence, both in war but also in peacetime. Violence breeds eventually new violence. By promoting peaceful relations towards and between children and young people, we strengthenthe long-term chance of peace around the world. It is important also here at home, e.g. for the work against bullying and the right to a good education for all children.
Thursday, 09 October 2014
”Tougher climate for minorities and diversity in Europe”
The xenophobic, nationalist and even violent-prone climate in Europe in recent years is highly problematic for all who belong to various minority groups, argues Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark. After two years as president of the Council of Europe's Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention on National Minorities, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Associate Professor of International Law, completed her term of office in Strasbourg in September, when she presented for the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe a final report on the situation of minorities developed in European States parties during the last two years.
The Advisory Committee's report notes that the number of political parties whose ideology is based on antisemitic, Islamophobic, anti-Gypsy and xenophobic grounds has increased during the period from June 2012 to May 2014. The messages of such organizations, which are sometimes amplified in the media and through social media, pose a direct threat to persons belonging to national minorities, who face a heightened risk of harassment and physical attacks. In some countries the deep polarisation of society along linguistic lines leaves minorities particularly vulnerable to escalating tensions.
Tuesday, 07 October 2014
Nyhetsbrev från Ålands fredsinstitut / Newsletter from the Åland Islands Peace Institute
Ladda ner / Download pdf.
Direktörens uppdrag som president för Europarådskommitté avslutat / Director’s mandate as president of Council of Europe committée concluded
Föresläsning om medling med Eleanor Lind / Lecture on mediation with Eleanore Lind
Nya anställda / New staff
Med mera / And more
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Henrietta Hellström is a new staff member at the ÅIPI. As head of the economy and financing of the institute, she will work in close co-operation with the Director and the Project Managers.
Henreitta holds a Bachelors-degree in business from the Åland University of Applied Science. She has previous experience of working with financial management, as an accountant, as an economy assistant as well as head of economy.
Monday, 22 September 2014
Jennifer Linder is an intern on the Åland Islands Peace Institute during the autumn 2014. As an intern she is primarily involved with the project Fair Sex where she is conducting workshops with the students. Jennifer is also studying for a bachelor's degree in international social work at the University of Gävle. She is interested in pursuing work related to questions of equality and wrote her thesis about men who get subjected to intimate partner violence within heterosexual relationships. The title of the essay is as follows: "A qualitative study on the experiences of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) from the perspective of male victims".
Friday, 05 September 2014
On September 5, nine researchers are gathering on Åland to discuss the Nordic autonomies and peace. This is the kick-off of a project initiated by the Åland Islands Peace Institute and supported by the Nordic Council’s Citizens' and Consumer Committee.
The project involves researchers that within their resepctive area of expertise will conduct case studies or comparisons of Åland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands in the fields of security, law, political science and economics. The researchers will also discuss the autonomies in relation to developments in the Nordic region as well as their relevance for peaceful development in other parts of the world. Drafts written by the researchers will form the inspiration for a conference to be held in early 2015, where decision-makers and the public will be invited to participate. A final publication will be completed after the conference.
Friday, 22 August 2014
- "The conflict between Palestine and Israel is obviously complex and tragic. In the most recent Gaza war, Hamas as well as Israel have committed grave violations of international and humanitarian law and the plight of Palestinians in the entire region is immense. It is important not to loose sight of the fact that Gaza and Hamas is not the only issue and that old problems in the West Bank and East Jerusalem remain and are worsening, including as regards the proliferating settlements. It is therefore of importance to continue exploring avenues for solutions that respect the rights of all Palestinians as well as Israelis."
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
The Ambassador of Israel to Finland, Mr Dan Ashbel, has visited the Åland Islands Peace Institute and met with represenatives from the Board of Directors and the staff. At the meeting, ÅIPI research on and practical experiences from using the Åland Example as a source of inspiration in international quests for peaceful developments were discussed. The Ambassador showed great interest and thourough knowledge on related topics, and discussions were rich and enlightning. The ÅIPI Director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark concluded by saying that the Åland Example can be viewed as an example of hope and commitment, something that is indeed much needed also with regard to the situation in Israel & Palestine.
The Åland Peace Institute wants to share its research results, expertise and experiences from practical peace work in order to increased the knowledge about Åland and the Åland example and to promote better opportunities for peaceful conflict resolution. In the ublication from 2011; "The Åland Example and its components - Relevance for International Conflict Resolution", a chapter treated the issue of Palestine-Israel ( "Autonomy on the pendulum between a one-state and a two-state solution for the Palestine-Israel conflict). Read more about the Åland Example here.
Monday, 11 August 2014
On 28th of July 2014 an article on the Åland Island Peace Institutes summer intern Varvara Barysevich was published in local newspaper Tidningen Åland. The article can be found in English translation below:
Varvara is an intern on the Islands of Peace
Hopes to bring valuable experiences back home to Belarus
Her interest for peace building and conflict resolution brought Varvara Barysevich, from Belarus, the whole way from Tampere to Åland. Here she is an intern at the Åland Islands Peace Institute and enjoys the water, the nature and to work with questions that she is passionate about.