Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

Hamngatan 4
AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Tel. +358 18 15570
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Kastelholm talks 2020 on War, peace and the environment
Thursday, 02 April 2020

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If we do nothing to address climate change, we will in the future live in a state of emergency that is permanent, not temporary like the one we see right now due to the Corona crisis. The crisis provides us with the opportunity to understand the seriousness and adjust for change. This was one of the messages of the 2020 digital Kastelholm talks that had the theme of War, Peace and the Environment. The patron of the talks, President Tarja Halonen, discussed with Margot Wallström, Marja Lehto, Pella Thiel, Mikael Sjövall and Emma Hakala.

It was the sixth time that the Åland Peace Institute organized "Kastelholm's talks on peace". This year, because of the Corona crisis, the talks were held entirely digitally. On the same day, the 30th March which is Åland's demilitarisation day, nearly 300 people watched the talks either as live stream or in retrospect. The live streaming was conducted in co-operation with the Nordic Institute on Åland, Nipå.

The conference, which can be watched here, was held in Swedish. More information in Swedish is available here.

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 2/2020
Sunday, 22 March 2020

Nyhetsbrev från Ålands fredsinstitut 2/2020

Newsletter from the Åland Islands Peace Institute 2/2020

  • The Kastelholm talks will be held online
  • Lunch seminars will be postponed
  • Panel discussion on the Åland Example held at the Parliament of Sweden
  • The Peace Institute receives support from ministries
  • Article about Åland in report by the German-speaking Community's Parliament in Belgium
  • Petra Granholm spoke at the film festival Vera
  • Kastelholmssamtalen hålls på distans
  • Lunchseminarier skjuts upp
  • Om Ålandsexemplet i Sveriges riksdag
  • Fredsinstitutet får stöd från UM och JM
  • Artikel om Åland i rapport från tyskspråkiga parlamentet i Belgien
  • Petra Granholm talade på filmfestivalen Vera

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How to reach us during the national emergency
Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Until further notice and at least until the 14th of April, the Peace Institute's library will be closed and we will only accept visits upon agreement. The Institute will be low in staff since several of us will be working remotely, but we can still be reached by e-mail or phone. Organisation Secretary Mirjam Lukola answers the general phone number +358 (0) 18 15570. Phone numbers and e-mail adresses to individual staff members can be found here.

Take care!

Lunch seminar on regional separatism and European integration
Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Lunch seminar 5.3.2020 on Thursday 5.3.2020 at 11.30-12.30 in hotel Arkipelag’s restaurant.
"Regional separatism and European integration – Catalonia, Scotland and the EU"
Speaker: Niklas Bremberg


Research intern in spring 2020: Mari Ek
Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Mari1Mari Ek is a research intern at the Åland Islands Peace Institute from February to April 2020. In her studies in the Master’s programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research at the University of Tampere, she has focused on human rights, migration, humanitarian aid and gender-based violence. During her internship at the Peace Institute, Mari will assist in e.g. research projects, publication databases and in organizational tasks related to the Kastelholm Talks on Peace.



Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 1/2020
Tuesday, 04 February 2020

Nyhetsbrev från Ålands fredsinstitut 1/2020

Newsletter from the Åland Islands Peace Institute 1/2020


  • Margot Wallström, KG Hammar and Marja Lehto among the speakers at the Kastelholm talks
  • Lunch seminar on the pre-requisites for growth on 12th February
  • New employees at the Peace Institute
  • Research meeting for the upcoming book on democracy


  • Margot Wallström, KG Hammar och Marja Lehto talar under Kastelholmssamtalen 2020
  • Lunchseminarium om tillväxtens nya villkor 12 februari
  • Nyanställda vid fredsinstitutet
  • Forskarmöte inför kommande antologi om demokrati

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Lunch seminar on the new pre-requisites for economic growth
Monday, 03 February 2020

Lunch seminar on Wednesday, 12.2.2020 at 11.30-12.30 in Hotel Arkipelag's restaurant.
“The new conditions for economic growth. How is Åland affected by the mega trends?”
Speaker: Jouko Kinnunen, ÅSUB


Nyhetsbrev /Newsletter 4/2019
Thursday, 19 December 2019

Nyhetsbrev från Ålands fredsinstitut 4/2019

Newsletter from the Åland Islands Peace Institute 4/2019


  • The many-faceted character of autonomy explored in new issue of The Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies
  • The Kastelholm talks 2020: War, peace and the environment
  • Save the dates: Lunch seminars on 12 February and 5 March
  • New research project: What has the EU implied for Åland? 


  • Kastelholmssamtalen 2020 har temat krig, fred och miljö
  • Nya numret av JASS belyser mångskiftande självstyrelse
  • Notera datumen: lunchseminarier 12 februari och 5 mars
  • Nytt forskningsprojekt: Vad har EU betytt för Åland?

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Kastelholm talks 2020: War, peace and the environment
Thursday, 19 December 2019

On March 30, 2020 (Monday), the Åland Peace Institute will host Kastelholm talks on peace in Kastelholm, Åland. The Kastelholm talks are recurring talks with a peace theme held under the auspices of President Tarja Halonen, in connection with the Åland Demilitarisation Day on March 30. The Kastelholm talks 2020 have the theme of War, Peace and the Environment.
Our time is characterized by severe climate change, declining biodiversity and climate anxiety. At the same time, global tensions and military armament are increasing. It is therefore necessary to discuss the links between peace and the environment. Are we in tune with nature or are we at war with it? For several decades, the concept of security has been broadened and now also encompasses environmental aspects. What role does such a broadening of the concept of security play, and what significance does it have in terms of actions for the environment? What role does sustainability work play as a peace factor?

The Kastelholm talks consist of two parts. First, a panel discussion is held in the Kastelholm Castle. The conversation wants to promote dialogue, rather than debate. Thereafter, a more informal and open round table conversation is arranged, located at the nearby restaurant Smakbyn.

The speakers will be presented and invitations will be sent out in January and February. In March, it will be possible to register for open seats. More information will come in the next newsletter and in social media.


Latest issue of the e-journal JASS
Thursday, 12 December 2019

The Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies (JASS) is a peer-reviewed, open access e-journal published by the Åland Islands Peace Institute (AIPI), Mariehamn, Åland, Finland. The journal addresses its overarching theme of peace and security from the perspectives of autonomy, demilitarisation, and minority protection.

This thematic issue, volume 3, issue 2, covers a viewpoint at the intersection of party research and self-government research, a thorough quantitative analysis of scholars and themes within the autonomy field, and  case studies from South Tyrol and Hong Kong. It is the hope of the editors that this range demonstrates the many-faceted and therefore politically useful character of the autonomy concept.

The Vol. 3 Issue 2 of JASS includes the following materials:


Exploring the Role of Regional Parties in the Nordic Autonomies: Why Entrenched Self-Government Matters - Maria Ackrén and Jan Sundberg

Research Notes

Publication and Collaboration Patterns in Autonomy Research – A Bibliometric Analysis - Felix Schulte

Consensus Impossible? South Tyrol’s Autonomy Convention and the issue of Self-determination - Marc Röggla


Oil on Water: Some Personal Musings on Hong Kong’s Summer of Protests - Jennifer Eagleton

The issue can be found at www.jass.ax, where you can also register to subscribe to coming issues.

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