Thursday, 02 June 2016
On 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.Read More...
Friday, 20 May 2016
On May 25-26 Åland was visited by the working group of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and Gagauzia people’s assembly. The Gagauz-Yeri autonomous region, was established in southern Moldova in the 1990’s to safeguard the rights of the Gagauz minority. The study visit to Åland was arranged by CMI, with financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. CMI works to facilitate informal and official dialogue processes between the Parliament of Moldova and Gagauzia’s People’s Assembly to improve mechanisms of center-autonomy relations.
While on Åland, the group had several meetings with officials and politicians. The Åland Islands Peace Institute arranged a round table discussion for the visitors, moderated by the Director, Professor Kjell-Åke Nordquist and including the Chair of the Board, Ms Barbro Sundback, the Head of Research, Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, researcher Saila Heinikoski and Information Officer Susann Simolin.
In the report ”Conflict Regulation through Self-Rule: Success factors for Territorial Autonomy Systems” published in the Åland Islands Peace Institute's report series in 2015, Felix Schulte has used the Gagauz autonomy as one of the case studies. The report can be found here.
Friday, 20 May 2016
The Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Kjell-Åke Nordquist, has been appointed Professor in International Relations, with particular focus on Peace Building and Human Rights, at the The Stockholm School of Theology in Sweden.
Monday, 09 May 2016
In a blog piece - published on Europe day, 9 May - Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark notes that we are currently experiencing an overuse of the word "crisis". She argues that this worldwide "crisis talk" may overshadow our awareness of the many successes of multilateral cooperation and that it may function as a reason to evade from norms, legal ones as well as social.
Read the text here.
Sunday, 08 May 2016
Alyson Bailes, scientific advisor to the research project ”Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world”, passed away 29 April 2016. Alyson Bailes was not simply a diplomat and an ambassador; she was a true intellectual and a vivid thinker. Alyson Bailes accepted eagerly to join the advisory scientific board of the project in spite of her life-threatening illness. Her intellectual curiosity, vast knowledge, firm support and immense generosity were a most valuable contribution to the setting up and early steps of our research and until the very end of Alyson’s life. All of us in the project shall miss Alyson Bailes modesty and frankness and we regret deeply that she cannot join us in future discussions and rounds of email communications.
Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Head of Research
Thursday, 28 April 2016
- Ny rapport granskar hur EU-rätten påverkar Ålands självstyrelse
- Lunchseminarium med Gunilla Herolf: Vad hände med EU:s säkerhetspolitik?
- Praktikansökningar för hösten 2016 tas emot
- Fredsinstitutet i Östtimor/Timor-Leste, Myanmar/Burma, Haag och Uppsala
- Blogginlägg och publikation om språklig rättvisa och flerspråkighet i Europa
- New report assesses how EU law is affecting the autonomy of Åland
- Lunch seminar: PhD Gunilla Herolf on EU security politics
- Call for applications for autumn internship
- The ÅIPI in East Timor/Timor-Leste, Myanmar/Burma, The Hague and Uppsala
- Blog piece and publication on language equality and language diversity in Europe
Thursday, 28 April 2016
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.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
From 16 to 23 April, Director Kjell-Åke Norquist visited East Timor/Timor-Leste to lecture at the Dili Institute of Technology on how institutional mechanisms can contribute to stability during the shift from post-conflict to stable societal relations. In this context experiences from Åland were discussed, as well as possibilities for future contacts between Åland and Timor-Leste.
Monday, 25 April 2016
EU-rätten och behörighetsfördelningen mellan riket Finland och landskapet Åland
(EU law and the division of competences between the state of Finland and the autonomous region of Åland)
When Finland and Åland joined the EU they both gave up elements of their own legislative competences in favour of the EU. At the same time it was concluded that the EU-membership would not change the division of competences between Åland and Finland. In reality, the issue has proven to be more complex and EU-membership has on several occasions raised the question as to how the division of competences between Åland and Finland should be interpreted when it comes to implementation of EU law.
The report, published in Swedish, can be downloaded for free here.
An information sheet with information in Swedish and English, can be downloaded here.
Monday, 25 April 2016
On 20-21 April, Research Director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark took part in the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of The Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities, organized by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Astrid Thors, in The Hague.
The two-day conference, brought together 180 government representatives, experts, teachers, education professionals, non-governmental actors and other local and international stakeholders active in the field of education, conflict prevention and peace-making to discuss the challenges in adapting education systems to ethnically diverse societies.
Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark took part in a high-level panel discussion on the role education when building sustainable diverse societies, together with Srđan Verbić, Minister of Education of Serbia, Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality of Georgia as well as professor Jan de Groof from Belgium.
During the conference, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark also met with PhD-candidate Sarah Stephan, former Researcher at the Åland Islands Peace Institute and currently employed as a Project Officer with HCNM, co-ordinating a research project focusing on the role of minorities as bridge builders, conducted in co-operation with The European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) and European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI).