Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

Hamngatan 4/PB85
AX-22101 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Tel. +358 18 15570, Fax +358 18 21026
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Director Spiliopoulou Åkermark on Israel and Palestine
Friday, 22 August 2014

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"The conflict between Palestine and Israel is obviously complex and tragic. In the most recent Gaza war, Hamas as well as Israel have committed grave violations of international and humanitarian law and the plight of Palestinians in the entire region is immense. It is important not to loose sight of the fact that Gaza and Hamas is not the only issue and that old problems in the West Bank and East Jerusalem remain and are worsening, including as regards the proliferating settlements. It is therefore of importance to continue exploring avenues for solutions that respect the rights of all Palestinians as well as Israelis."
Ambassador of Israel on visit to the ÅIPI
Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Israeli ambassador 2014The Ambassador of Israel to Finland, Mr Dan Ashbel, has visited the Åland Islands Peace Institute and met with represenatives from the Board of Directors and the staff. At the meeting, ÅIPI research on and practical experiences from using the Åland Example as a source of inspiration in international quests for peaceful developments were discussed. The Ambassador showed great interest and thourough knowledge on related topics, and discussions were rich and enlightning. The ÅIPI Director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark concluded by saying that the Åland Example can be viewed as an example of hope and commitment, something that is indeed much needed also with regard to the situation in Israel & Palestine.

The Åland Peace Institute wants to share its research results, expertise and experiences from practical peace work in order to increased the knowledge about Åland and the Åland example and to promote better opportunities for peaceful conflict resolution. In the ublication from 2011; "The Åland Example and its components - Relevance for International Conflict Resolution", a chapter treated the issue of Palestine-Israel ( "Autonomy on the pendulum between a one-state and a two-state solution for the Palestine-Israel conflict). Read more about the Åland Example here.

Interview with summer intern Varvara Barysevich from Belarus
Monday, 11 August 2014

AT 28.7.2014 VarvaraOn 28th of July 2014 an article on the Åland Island Peace Institutes summer intern Varvara Barysevich was published in local newspaper Tidningen Åland. The article can be found in English translation below:

Varvara is an intern on the Islands of Peace
Hopes to bring valuable experiences back home to Belarus

Her interest for peace building and conflict resolution brought Varvara Barysevich, from Belarus, the whole way from Tampere to Åland. Here she is an intern at the Åland Islands Peace Institute and enjoys the water, the nature and to work with questions that she is passionate about.

Debate article on military exercises near demilitarized Åland
Friday, 08 August 2014

Debatt NOCO ÅT 1.8.2014In early September, Finland's marine will host the multinational crisis management exercise Northern Coasts 2014 (NOCO), in the surrounding area of Åland. This means that the status of Åland as a demilitarized and neutralized zone is again brought to the fore.

The Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute Dr. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark has written an op-ed on this topic that has been published in local newspapers Nya Åland and Tidningen Åland 1.8.2014. The article (in Swedish) can be downloaded in pdf here. A radio interview with director Spiliopoulou Åkermark on the same topic is available on the Åland Radio's website, here (in Swedish).

In her article, Director Spiliopoulou Åkermark points out the importance of informing all participating countries of the Åland status.

An English version of the debate article can be found in pdf here.

Guest researcher at the ÅIPI - Armenak Tokmajyan
Wednesday, 06 August 2014

ArmenakArmenak Tokmajyan is a visiting junior researcher at the ÅIPI during August 2014. He holds a Master’s Degree in Peace, Mediation and Conflict research from University of Tampere and Tampere Peace Research Institute, Finland. He previously studied at the University Van Amsterdam, Sciences-po Paris and University of Kalamoon, Syria. In summer 2013, Tokmajyan worked as a research assistant at the Crisis Management Centre (CMC) in Finland. In 2012, he interned at UNHCR Aleppo Field Office in the Legal Protection Unit.

Armenak’s areas of research interest include conflict dynamics in the Middle East, bottom-up peacebuilding efforts inside Syria, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and visual art and peacebuilding. At the ÅIPI, he is studying the role of visual arts in peacebuilding processes. Armenak has published articles in a number of academic journals. He is also a regular contributor to newspapers which cover the conflict dynamics in the Middle East. You can find his publications online at www.academia.edu.

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Participation in the Nordic forum for new action on women's rights
Thursday, 19 June 2014

On June 12-15 four of the staff members of the Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅÌPI), Justina Donielaite, Malin Söderberg, Cecilia Brenner and Liselott Lindén took part in the Nordic Forum in Malmö - New Action on Women’s Rights. The overall goal has been to gain new knowledge in the field of strategies and best practices of promoting human rights and equality, particularly focusing on gender mainstreaming in youth activities and prevention of gender based violence.

Project manager Justina Donielaite was interviewed by NIKK about the experiences and lessons learned from the Nordic Forum. Watch the interview below. 

Nyhetsbrev/Newsletter 2/2014
Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Nyhetsbrev från Ålands fredsinstitut / Newsletter from the Åland Islands Peace Institute


Ladda ner / Download pdf.


Ny rapport om immigration till självstyrda områden / Report on immigration to autonomous regions
Forskningsartikel och blogg om självstyrelser i det nordiska samarbetet / Research article and blog piece on autonomies in the Nordic cooperation
Verksamhetsberättelsen finns nu på engelska / Activity report available in English
Med mera / And more

Summer trainee Varvara Barysevich
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Varvara Barysevich Varvara Barysevich is an intern at the ÅIPI during the summer 2014. She is a Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research Master’s degree Program student at the University of Tampere, Finland, and previously studied International Law at the Belarusian State University, Belarus. Her areas of inquiry are civil society, human rights, and means of democracy promotion, with a specific focus on bottom-up democratization in Belarus. She has also some experience in working for human rights organizations in Belarus. At the institute she will mainly work on strengthening of contacts with Belarusian NGOs in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and assist in the creation of an education tool on the use of autonomy as a territorial management tool.

Adem Ferizaj, guest researcher
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Adem FerizajFrom February until June, Adem Ferizaj was a guest-researcher for the Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅIPI). He has worked on a report entitled “Military Presence in Minority Regions: Case Study of Greenland and Cyprus”.
Adem is currently enrolled in multi-disciplinary, trilingual studies (German, French and English) of social sciences of the Franco-German campus of Sciences Po Paris in Nancy. His specialisation lays in European history and international relations.
Adem’s research interest lays in peace-consolidation – especially of the Western Balkans. He is particularly interested in both the military implication and the minority protection of the peace-building process.

New research report on immigration to autonomous areas
Friday, 30 May 2014
Heidi Öst
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Verena Wisthaler

The report number 2/2014 in the report series Report from the Åland Islands Peace Institute investigates into frameworks of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants in two autonomous territories traditionally inhabited by national minorities, namely South Tyrol (I) and the Åland Islands (FIN).

This report is entitled Minorities and Immigration - frameworks of exclusion and inclusion in Åland and South Tyrol Compared and is written by one researcher from the Åland Islands and one from South Tyrol. Heidi Öst is a doctoral candidate of public law at Åbo Akademi University. She has previously worked as a researcher at the Åland Islands Peace Institute. Verena Wisthaler is a researcher at the Institute for Minority Rights at the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) and a PhD student of political science at the University of Leicester.

The study examines two important legal areas, namely social services and right to vote, as well as rhetorical positions adopted by the provincial governing parties. Research that reveals prevalent social attitudes of members of the national minority as well as of the immigrant population towards each other is also reviewed and discussed.

The paper reveals the complexities connected with the integration of immigrants in southern and northern Europe respectively. Negotiating community membership in autonomous regions, as will be revealed, is fraught with internal contradictions that are not easily overcome.

The report can be downloaded in pdf here.