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Demilitarisation as a part of collective security
Monday, 24 October 2016

demilitariseringsartiklar Sia okt 16 redSia Spiliopoulou Åkermark wrote two articles about demilitarisation and neutralisation in a wider context, departing from the UN Charter and collective security. The articles were published in Hufvudstadsbladet (in Swedish) and Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Sia Spilipoulou Åkermark is the Head of Research for the project “Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world”.

During the past few weeks the demilitarisation of the Åland Island has been discussed in Finnish media. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark was interviewed by YLE for the Finnish discussion programme A-studio: Talk, which was broadcasted on 20th October. Sias interview starts at 35.45 and the video is available until the 18th of November.

Dr Pirjo Kleemola-Juntunen at conference on operational maritime law
Thursday, 20 October 2016

Project researcher Dr Pirjo Kleemola-Juntunen was invited as a speaker at the conference "Inter mundus - From Cold Ice to Hot Sands", 4th Conference on Operational Maritime Law, which took place in Turku on 3-6 October 2016. The Conference was organised by the Nato Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE CSW) in cooperation with the Finnish Navy. Dr Kleemola-Juntunen gave a presentation concerning the legal regime of the Åland Islands, one of the many cases and concrete issues discussed during the conference.

Pirjo Kleemola-Juntunen works in the research project "Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world" with issues of the law of the sea.

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark at conference with the Council of Europe
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Sia talar högerställdOn 11 October 2016 Dr Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark had the opportunity to address the International Conference “The Framework Convention: a key tool to managing diversity through human rights” in the final panel entitled “Equality despite difference – how to guarantee equal access to rights and resources”. At the conference was launched the 4th Thematic Commentary on the Framework Convention on the Protection of Persons belonging to National Minorities on the scope of application of the convention. More information on the webpage of the conference.

The podcast of the entire conference (in English) can be found here. The presentation of Dr Spiliopoulou Åkermark is at the end of the event and starts at 5.54 in the last panel.  

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark at international conferences on minority issues
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Sia talarDr Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark participated on 15-16 September 2016 in the international conference “Minority Rights, Self-Government and the Law” organised by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (Sweden) and the Faculty of Law at Liverpool University (UK). The conference themes touched upon theoretical as well as practical aspects of minority protection and self-government and looked at cases studies from Europe, the Nordic region, Turkey and the Middle East. Dr Spiliopoulou Åkermark spoke on “Territorial Autonomy Now and Then” reviewing debates and legal instruments on territorial autonomy at the international level in particular at the early 20th century.

On 27-28 September 2016 Dr Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark participated in an international conference on “Shared Societies” organised in Berlin by the Robert Bosch Academy at the initiative of its Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow Mohammad Darawshe, in cooperation with the organization Givat Haviva (Israel).  Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark spoke about the experiences of coping with difference in Europe, in particular as understood under the Framework Convention on the Protection of Persons belonging to National Minorities. 

The Director of the Peace Institute on the Nobel Peace Prize
Friday, 07 October 2016

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end. In the announcement, the Nobel Committee states further that the award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who have not given up hope of a just peace, and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process, as well as to the representatives of the countless victims of the civil war.

Kjell Ã…ke NordquistComment from the Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Professor Kjell-Åke Nordquist:

"This year's laureate, President Juan Manuel Santos, has managed to break the vicious cycle of polarization, deepening inequality and uninhibited violence suffered by Colombian society for more than 50 years of guerrilla war. The four-year negotiation process that lies behind the peace agreement with the largest guerrilla group, FARC, has created a radical change in the political landscape in Colombia and in the region. Similar attempts have been made by previous presidents. Santos has managed to establish a relationship with the guerrillas and thus have been able to balance the internal and international pressure with a political craftsmanship, which after four years of negotiations has led to an agreement. Without a doubt, this effort is in Nobel Peace Prize class and is also close to the intentions of Alfred Nobel as described in his will."

Professor Kjell-Åke Nordquist attended a conference on mediation and culture of peace in Colombia on 26 September, the date when the historic peace agreement between the government of Colombia and the Marxist guerrilla movement Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) was signed. The Director reported home of an ambiance of hope in the country. Since then, a referendum has been held, where a narrow majority of the voters rejected the peace accord, thus creating uncertainty as to the future of Colombia. The Nobel Committee writes in its motivation that the referendum result does not necessarily mean that the peace process is dead. By awarding this year’s Peace Prize to President Juan Manuel Santos, the Committee wishes to encourage all those who are striving to achieve peace, reconciliation and justice in Colombia.

Director Kjell-Åke Nordquist addresses mediation and reconciliation in Colombia
Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Kjell Åke talarBetween 28 September and 1 October the Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Professor Kjell-Åke Nordquist, will participate in an international conference on mediation and culture of peace to be held in Bogotá, Colombia. The conference considers the issues of mediation and reconciliation at both the international and individual level. Kjell-Åke will hold a keynote speech on the theme of restorative justice and national reconciliation following internal conflict (Justicia restaurativa y reconciliación nacional a raíz de un conflicto interno). Other speakers include Professor John Paul Lederach and Associate Professor Manuel Ernesto Salamanca.

The conference is held at an important stage of the Colombian history. After decades of strife, and four years of negotiation, the peace agreement between the Marxist guerrilla movement Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) and the Colombian Government was signed on September 26.

The peace agreement will address, among others, questions about the rebels' future political participation, land reform with a focus on economic and social development of rural areas, the regulation of the cultivation and trafficking of narcotics, disarmament of the rebels and compensation for victims of the conflict as well as the legal treatment of offenders. A referendum on the peace agreement remains to be held, and evidently there are still many issues to be resolved. In order to build a peaceful society after conflict many processes remain - processes where mediation and reconciliation can be important tools.

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 3/2016
Monday, 19 September 2016

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Link to Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 3/2016

Download Newsletter in pdf / Ladda ner nyhetsbrevet i pdf


  • Böcker i fredsinstitutets bibliotek kan nu lånas hem
  • Fredsinstitutet söker en ekonom och en medlingsansvarig
  • Praktikansökningar för våren 2017 tas nu emot
  • Lunchseminarium om medling och restorativ rättvisa
  • Andrea Södergård är ny praktikant på institutet


  • The Peace Institute's library is now open for the public
  • We are looking for a Financial Officer and a Mediation Officer
  • Call for applications for internships for spring term of 2017
  • Lunch seminar on Mediation and Restorative Justice on Tuesday
  • Andrea Södergård is a new intern at the Institute
We are looking for interns for spring semester 2017
Monday, 19 September 2016

The Åland Islands Peace Institute offers an opportunity for one or two trainees to experience a dynamic and flexible internship during the spring semester of 2017. Send your application by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than the 16th of October 2016.

We are looking for applicants interested in issues concerning peace, security, minorities and autonomy. The work assignments include arrangements of seminars, information dissemination and website development. Thus suitable fields of study background are i.a. social, legal or political sciences but also IT, communication and information management

The working languages at the Institute are Swedish and English. Knowledge of Finnish and other languages are seen as meritorious. To be eligible for an internship at the ÅIPI you should have completed at least one year of university studies. Priority will be given to applicants who not yet holds a Master’s degree. The internship period can last from two to five months. The first internship period begins in mid-January or according to agreement.

The Peace Institute's library now open to the public
Monday, 19 September 2016

The Åland Islands Peace Institute's library, that has previously operated as a reference library only, has now opened for the public to borrow books and other literature. In the library and archive we hold material on peace and conflict issues, minorities, autonomy, security, gender, human rights, and the Åland Islands and their unique status.

The library of the Peace institute is connected to the Åland library catalogue, bibliotek.ax, which allows you to search in that database, borrow at the Peace Institute with an Åland library card and return your loans to any library on Åland.

The part time librarian John Knight is at the Institute every Tuesday from 3.15 to 5 pm. At other times, John is available on the phone number,  +358 (0)457 342 0778, or by e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also call other staff at the Institute, at +358(0)1815570, to arrange a time when books can be borrowed or read on site.

Lunch Seminar on Mediation and Restorative Justice
Wednesday, 14 September 2016

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.