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.
Thursday, 05 March 2015
“Minority protection at a Crossroads” is the theme for the international high-level conference that the Åland Islands Peace Institute organizes in Alandica Congress house, Mariehamn, on the 31 March 2015.Read More...
Monday, 09 February 2015
On Monday, the 26th of January the Nordic autonomies and their relation to peace was discussed by politicians and scholars in a seminar arranged on Åland by the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Citizen’s and Consumer Committee of the Nordic Council. The audience consisted of members of the Nordic Council, gathered on the Åland Islands to attend the Nordic Council’s committee meetings, as well as invited guests. In the Alandica auditorium all 200 seats were taken when the conference was opened by the President of the Nordic Council, Höskuldur Þórhallsson and Annicka Engblom, President of the Nordic Council’s Citizen’s and Consumer Committee. They provided an overview of the background to the conference and the research project “The Nordic autonomies – Experiences and Visions in a Peace Perspective”.Read More...
Wednesday, 04 February 2015
Petra Granholm is a new employee at the Åland Islands Peace Institute from 1 February 2015.
Petra holds a master in political science from Åbo Akademi University, Finland and a master in resource management from the University of Akureyri, Iceland. She has previously worked for the Åland Islands Peace Institute as a researcher, focusing on the rights of indigenous people and national minorities. Her most recent employer was the Government of Åland, where she worked with issues concerning the environmental and fisheries in the Baltic Sea. Her comeback at the Peace Institute will entail acting as an instructor for the brand new e-course "Territorial Autonomy as a Tool for Diversity Manageemnt. Lessons from the Åland example".
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
The Åland Islands Peace Institute has developed a university-level e-course on territorial autonomy, with the Åland Example as a main case study. The course will be launched in the spring term of 2015, in co-operation with the Open University on Åland.
More information in pdf, here.Read More...
Saturday, 13 December 2014
The Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅIPI) is running a project called “The Nordic autonomies – Experiences and Visions in a Peace Persepective” during 2014 and 2015. The project, which has been initiated by the Åland Islands Peace Institute and is supported by the Nordic Council’s Citizen’s and Consumer Committee, will result in a publication including contributions from a number of Nordic researchers specialised in autonomy issues as well as material from a conference that will take place in Mariehamn in January 2015.Read More...
Friday, 12 December 2014
The project Fair Sex, that aims to prevent sexual violence and promote gender equality, is currently concluding its third year. Results and experiences from working with workshops for students and with education and support from school staff as well as suggestions for the future are currenly being gathered in a report.
On 14 January the project will arrange an open seminar where the results will be presented. The seminar will highlight experiences of cooperation between NGO, school and authorities as well as experiences of working with a broad and long term approach. At the same time possiblities and challenges for the future will be highlighted.
The seminar will be held in Swedish at the City Library of Mariehamns, 14 January between 2 and 3 pm.
Friday, 12 December 2014
The director of The Åland Isands Peace Institute (ÅIPI), Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, has been granted a research stipend from the private Finnish foundation KONE for the project “Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarized world. International perspectives in a multilevel framework – the case of the Åland Islands.”
The research project stretches between 2015 and 2018 and funding has now been approved for its first year (86 500 €).Read More...
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Ladda ner / Download pdf.
Finansiering beviljad för ”modigt” projekt om demilitarisering / Funding granted for ”bold” research on demilitarization
E-kurs om självstyrelse och Ålandsexemplet / E-course on autonomy and the Åland Example
Konferens om nordiska självstyrelser och fred / Conference on Nordic autonomies and peace
Seminarium om Fair Sex-projektet / Seminar on the Fair Sex project
Nya ansikten på fredsinstitutet / New faces at the ÅIPI