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25-year jubilee of the Peace Institute celebrated with symposium
Friday, 13 October 2017

The Åland Peace Institute was founded in 1992, and is thus celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. This will be celebrated with a symposium on October 24th. At the same time, the acievements of former Chair of the Board of Directors, Ms Barbro Sundback, will be highlighted.

The symposium will be held at Alandica between 10 am and 4.30 pm. Speakers are Jan Sundberg, Professor of Political Science at the University of Helsinki, Christian Pleijel, Director Sustainable Urban Systems at KTH in Stockholm, and Secretary General of the European Small Islands Federation, Hedda B. Langemyr, former Director of the Norwegian Peace Council and Barbro Sundback, the former chairperson of the Institute.

At its anniversary the Institute wants to look forward rather than backwards, and has chosen the theme "Åland - a future perspective". The symposium, that will be held in Swedish, will highlight Åland today and in the future from a global, local, identity and security policy perspective.

To the symposium, the Institute has invited people who have contributed specifically to the work of the Peace Institute over the years, for example as a board member or an employee. There is also a limited number of open seats to sign up for no later than 19.10, on this link.

For more information, please contact Mirna Aho (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Susann Simolin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by e-mail or phone +358 18 15570.

The Puzzle of Collective Self-defence: new article by Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark
Thursday, 12 October 2017

SiaA new article by Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark was recently published in Journal of Conflict and Security Law. The article moves across international, European Union (EU) and domestic law while examining the legal puzzle of collective security. The article “The Puzzle of Collective Self-defence: Dangerous Fragmentation or a Window of Opportunity? An Analysis with Finland and the Åland Islands as a Case Study” is open access and was published in Journal of Conflict and Security Law, Volume 22, Issue 2, 1 July 2017. The article can be found here.

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The Director of the Peace Institute on the Nobel Peace Prize 2017
Friday, 06 October 2017

Kjell Ã…ke Nordquist

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons". ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from around a hundred countries around the world.

The Nobel Committee explains that ICAN has been a driving force in prevailing upon the world’s nations to pledge to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. Currently, 108 states have made such a commitment, known as the Humanitarian Pledge. The Nobel Committee further explains that ICAN has been the leading civil society actor in the endeavour to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law.

Comment from the Peace Institute's Director Kjell-Åke Nordquist:

This year's Peace Prize concerns the very topical issue of nuclear weapons, a classical area for​​ peace work. At least in principle, many parties agree that nuclear weapons are devastating to humanity and should be banned. The Peace Prize has also previously been awarded to persons or organizations for similar purposes, for example, in 1995 when Joseph Rotblat and Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs were awarded the prize "for their efforts to diminish the part played by nuclear arms in international politics and, in the longer run, to eliminate such arms", in 1985 when International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War were awarded the prize for information about the consequences of nuclear war, as well as in in 1982 when the award was granted to Alva Myrdal and Alfonso García Robles for disarmament work through the UN. From such a perspective, this year's prize is uncontroversial. At the same time, it concerns a very pressing issue, at a time when the Iran Agreement is questioned and North Korea's test blasts cause widespread concern - while on the other hand, the UN has managed to reach an agreement on a nuclear weapons ban. It was a well deserved reward for the hard work of the ICAN, when this summer, 122 of the UN member states acceded to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. After the treaty has been ratified by 50 states, the ban on nuclear weapons will be binding under international law for the countries that are party to the treaty. This year's prize combines themes from the awards mentioned above, as it includes both the humanitarian effects of nuclear weapons and the importance of disarmament. ICAN's efforts are clearly in Nobel Peace Prize class and is also close to the intentions of Alfred Nobel as described in his will. It is particularly gratifying that this year's prize goes to civil society efforts for disarmament.

The Åland Islands Peace Institute congratulates ICAN and its member organizations, especially the Peace Union of Finland, an umbrella organization of which the Peace Institute is a member.

On November 20th, the Peace Institute is pleased to welcome the chairperson of the Peace Union of Finland, also the ICAN network representative in Finland, Tarja Cronberg, to Åland, where she is going to talk about nuclear weapons issues at a lunch seminar organized by the Peace Institute.

Upcoming lunch seminars: Katja Creutz on North Korea and Tarja Cronberg on nuclear weapons
Thursday, 05 October 2017

Katja och Tarja

During fall, the Peace Institute's popular lunch seminars will be organized just as previously at the hotel Arkipelag's restaurant. The seminars are held in Swedish.
The first speaker in the fall is Katja Creutz, Doctor of Laws and Researcher in the Global Security Research Programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. The 30 October she will talk about "North Korea behind the headlines", with a particular focus on human rights issues and security politics.
On November 20, Tarja Cronberg will talk about current nuclear weapon issues, in particular how the Nordic countries relate to the UN Nuclear Prohibition Agreement. Tarja Cronberg holds a PhD in technology and economy, and has previously been a minister of the government and  a member of parliament of Finland and a member of the European Parliament. She is also the chairperson of the Peace Union of Finland, and the representative in Finland for the ICAN network that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 2017.
The lunch seminars are held between 11.30 and 12.30, starting with a speech of about 30 minutes, after which the audience is welcome to comment and ask questions.

 

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 3/2017
Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Link to Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 3/2017

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 3/2017 as pdf

INNEHÅLL:

  • Fredsinstitutet fyller 25 - firar med symposium 24.10
  • Kommande lunchseminarier: Katja Creutz om Nordkorea och Tarja Cronberg om kärnvapen
  • Praktikansökningar för våren 2018 tas emot
  • Artiklar om demilitarisering, identitet och självstyrelse

CONTENT:

  • Institute's 25-years jubilee to be celebrated with symposium
  • Upcoming lunch seminars: Katja Creutz on North Korea and Tarja Cronberg on nuclear weapons
  • Call for applications for spring 2018 internships
  • Recent articles on demilitarisation, identity and self-government
Call for applications for spring 2018 internships - deadline 27 October
Thursday, 28 September 2017

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 2018.

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. We also appreciate a background or interest in infographics, conflict studies, and/or the law of the seas.

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Mirna Aho starts as a new intern at ÅIPI
Monday, 04 September 2017

KuvaMirnaAhoMirna Aho will be interning for the institute from September to December. She will be focusing on the communicational aspects of the institute and helping with arrangement of different events.

Mirna is majoring in speech communication at the university of Jyväskylä and is currently writing her master thesis about interaction in peace mediation. She will be expected to graduate in the beginning of 2018. She has previously worked for example in Sweden and in India and is excited to get to talk some Swedish with her co-workers.

Registration for e-course on territorial autonomy - deadline 4 September
Tuesday, 29 August 2017

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The registration for the autumn 2017 semester version of the E-course "Territorial Autonomy as a Tool for Diversity Management. Lessons from the Åland Example" will be open until 4 September 2017. The course is an introduction to territorial autonomy and the Åland Example. The aim of the course is to provide participants with a broad academic framework for discussing territorial autonomy from different perspectives. The course is given online, in co-operation between the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Open university on Åland, between 18 September and 11 December 2017. Associate Professor in International Law Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark will be teaching the course.

You can register for the course by sending an email to the course organizer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the course name, your name, birth date and address, incl. e-mail-address. Please also cc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course flyer 2017 in pdf here.

Course description 2017 in pdf, here.

More information can be found here.

Two researchers in the demilitarisation project contributed in international discussions in Jyväskylä
Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Two researchers of the research project Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world participated in the workshop ”Democracy, Human Rights and Peace: Contested and Reclaimed” which took place 23-24 August at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). The workshop is the result of cooperation between three research groups: Civic Constellation II: Debating Democracy and Rights, led by Professor José Maria Rosales, University of Málaga, Spain; Research project Transformations of Concepts and Institutions in the European Polity (TRACE), Jyväskylä university and Research project Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world, The Åland Islands Peace Institute.

Saila Heinikoski presented a paper entitled Non-Alignment and Demilitarisation – What Do These Concepts Mean in Today’s World? Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark presented research under the heading Security, Identity, Self-Government – Reflections on Similarities and Differences Between Greenland and the Åland Islands.

The Conference programme can be found here.

Discourses concerning EU military integration and demilitarisation in the Baltic Sea examined in Journal on Baltic Security
Friday, 18 August 2017

Saila webbIn an article recently published in the Journal on Baltic Security, researcher Saila Heinikoski examines how European military enhancement is presented necessary with political imperatives, while in contrast, the demilitarisation of the Åland Islands - within the European union - is justified with reference to multilateral agreements. Heinikoski argues that this might be seen as illustrating the differences in justifying military force and its absence. She further concludes, that while the European Union appears as a realist actor in terms of defence, Finland complies with the image of a normative power as far as the Åland Islands are concerned.

Saila Heinikoski is a researcher in the research project “Demilitarisation in an Increasingly Militarised World. International perspectives in a multilevel framework – the case of the Åland Islands”, that is a cooperation between researchers at the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Arctic Center (University of Lapland, Rovaniemi). Research is supported by the Kone foundation and the Åland Culture Foundation (Ålands kulturstiftelse).

The article, “Pool it or lose it?” – a contrastive analysis of discourses concerning EU military integration and demilitarisation in the Baltic Sea, is open access and can be found in the Journal on Baltic Security Volume 3, issue 1, June 2017, here.

 

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