Friday, 29 May 2015
The publication The Nordic Self-Governing Areas in a Peace Perspective : The Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands presents the results of a research project where a number of researchers have analyzed the experiences and developments of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland in a peace perspective. Some of the chapters deals with these issues from a comparative legal, financial, political science and security policy point of view, while others focus on individual autonomies, their relationships to each other, relationships between the self-government and the state and the relationship with international organizations. The study's concluding chapter highlights a number of factors that have been important in order to resolve or prevent conflicts related to the autonomies in the Nordic region. Finally the possibility of such factors to work in other areas of the world is analyzed.
Friday, 15 May 2015
On 15-16 April 2015 the project and network ”Norden for peace?” held a seminar in Oslo. The seminar discussed how the Nordic countries and other actors can promote alternatives to militarization in the Arctic.
The project ”Norden for peace?”, is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ program NordPlus adult. During the course of two and a half years the project arranges one open seminar in each Nordic country on the basis of either of the two main themes - firstly the issue of how the Nordic countries relate to peace; secondly, how to spread and establish peaceful approaches at grassroots level and through adult education.
The network gathered in Norway in April 2015 for an open seminar on the theme ”Security in the High North - Civilian vs. Military Ownership”.
The purpose of the seminar was to obtain a clearer perspective on the roles of, and possibilities for, the different Nordic organisations, institutions and other actors, in developing effective alternatives to militarization in the North. Overall, the seminar gave a comprehensive view of many of the perspectives of a variety of organizations working in the Arctic as well as on current issues to be addressed in the area.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Kjell-Åke Nordquist is Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Visiting Professor at the Research Program on Human Rights and Peace-Building at Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden.
He 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 Nordquist has been working with peace processes mainly in Colombia, the Middle East, and Timor-Leste.
The Board of directors of the Åland Islands Peace Institute has recently indicated the importance of maintaining focus and competences in its core areas, such as research and dissemination of knowledge on autonomy, minorities and self-government. As part of this work the Institute has linked also another experienced researcher more closely to its activities, by appointing Ph. D.Gunilla Herolf Chairman of the Research Council of the Peace Institute.
At the annual meeting of the Board o Directors 14 April 2015 three new board members were elected; Director Göran Lindholm, PhD Kenneth Gustavsson and PhD Lia Markelin. Lars Ingmar Johansson and Olav S Melin resigned and received warm thanks for their important contributions. Also Kjell-Åke Nordquist resigned from the board, to take up the position as Acting Director.
Monday, 27 April 2015
For four years, workshops on ”Fair Sex” has been offered to students in upper secondary schools on Åland. Many have suggested that the theme of the workshops, sexual grey zones, is something that should be discussed also with younger adolescents. The topics of the Fair Sex workshops are, amongst others, boundaries and communication, listening for a yes and the importance of reflecting on one’s own wishes. Thus, the focus lies on social interaction rather than on the physical aspects of sex. This is something that is relevant also for younger adolescents. During spring, the concept has been further developed and the materials have been adapted to a younger audience.
A number of experts are involved in the project and the goal is to offer quality assured workshops in Fair Sex to students in grade nine in secondary schools with beginning in autumn 2015.
In addidion to the activities on Åland the Fair Sex method is increasingly established on the mainland Finland through collaboration with the organization ”De ungas akademi”. Thanks to financial support from the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, Swedish-speaking young people on the mainland will have the opportunity to take part of the Fair Sex concept during 2015.
Thursday, 23 April 2015
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Tuesday, 07 April 2015
What are the factors that determine how successful a territorial autonomy installation will be? This question has occupied the Åland Islands Peace Institute field of research for long. The Institute is therefore pleased to present the latest comprehensive contribution to the subject written by political science PhD student Felix Schulte.Read More...
Thursday, 02 April 2015
"Minority Protection at a Crossroads" was the title and theme for the international conference organized by the Åland Islands Peace Institute and held in Alandica Conference venue on the 31 March 2015.
The theme of the conference refers to minority protection in Europe and the crossroad in which the current minority protection is considered to be. Since the conference was supported by the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities the ÅIPI wanted to highlight the work of the Advisory Committee and the framework convention.
Listen to speeches from the conference here.Read More...
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
The German and Danish minorities living on each side of the border between Denmark and Germany have cultural and linguistic rights regulated through the Copenhagen-Bonn declarations from 1955. These two declarations, which are seen as a "constitution for the borderland" of sort, turn 60 this year. The anniversary was recently celebrated through the conference "60 years of the Bonn-Copenhagen declarations – the position of minorities and people in European comparison" in Sonderborg. A former guest researcher at the Peace Institute, Felix Schulte, presented the Åland example as a case study to underline the importance of exemplary minority policy:
"No state in the world is ethnically homogenous. Eighty per cent of all the conflicts in the world are intrastate conflicts, sixty to seventy of all conflicts are of ethnic origin, such as when minorities demand autonomy or secession. When we look at the position of minorities, only eleven to twelve per cent holds political power, 44 per cent are politically completely excluded. Naturally, not all groups rebel through violence, but this does not mean that it is only "minority hot spots" that are in need of peaceful conflict resolutions. In the light of 400 ethnical intrastate conflicts around the world it is worth considering!"
Today Schulte is a PhD-student at the Heidelberg University, Germany. Shortly, the Peace Institute will release Shulte's report "Conflict Regulation through Self-Rule – Success Factors of Territorial Autonomy Systems", with Åland as a case study, so keep a lookout!
Thursday, 05 March 2015
The registration happens on the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/2pUxAz83DG
More information about the conference is found here.