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The Åland Islands Peace Institute

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AX-22101 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
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Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 2/2016
Thursday, 28 April 2016

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  • Ny rapport granskar hur EU-rätten påverkar Ålands självstyrelse
  • Lunchseminarium med Gunilla Herolf: Vad hände med EU:s säkerhetspolitik?
  • Praktikansökningar för hösten 2016 tas emot
  • Fredsinstitutet i Östtimor/Timor-Leste, Myanmar/Burma, Haag och Uppsala
  • Blogginlägg och publikation om språklig rättvisa och flerspråkighet i Europa


  • KaNew report assesses how EU law is affecting the autonomy of Åland
  • Lunch seminar: PhD Gunilla Herolf on EU security politics
  • Call for applications for autumn internship
  • The ÅIPI in East Timor/Timor-Leste, Myanmar/Burma, The Hague and Uppsala
  • Blog piece and publication on language equality and language diversity in Europe
Nordquist held lectures in East Timor/Timor-Leste
Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Kjell Ake Osttimor 2016

From 16 to 23 April, Director Kjell-Åke Norquist visited East Timor/Timor-Leste to lecture at the Dili Institute of Technology on how institutional mechanisms can contribute to stability during the shift from post-conflict to stable societal relations. In this context experiences from Åland were discussed, as well as possibilities for future contacts between Åland and Timor-Leste.

Report on EU law and the division of competences between Finland and Åland
Monday, 25 April 2016

anna lena 2008Rapport 1 2016 Anna Lena Sjolund Page 01Report 1-2016:
EU-rätten och behörighetsfördelningen mellan riket Finland och landskapet Åland
(EU law and the division of competences between the state of Finland and the autonomous region of Åland)

Anna-Lena Sjölund
No. 1-2016

When Finland and Åland joined the EU they both gave up elements of their own legislative competences in favour of the EU. At the same time it was concluded that the EU-membership would not change the division of competences between Åland and Finland. In reality, the issue has proven to be more complex and EU-membership has on several occasions raised the question as to how the division of competences between Åland and Finland should be interpreted when it comes to implementation of EU law.

The report, published in Swedish, can be downloaded for free here.

An information sheet with information in Swedish and English, can be downloaded here.

Spiliopoulou Åkermark at OSCE conference on minorities held in The Hague
Monday, 25 April 2016

Sia Haag 2016

On 20-21 April, Research Director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark took part in the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of The Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities, organized by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Astrid Thors, in The Hague.

The two-day conference, brought together 180 government representatives, experts, teachers, education professionals, non-governmental actors and other local and international stakeholders active in the field of education, conflict prevention and peace-making to discuss the challenges in adapting education systems to ethnically diverse societies.

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark took part in a high-level panel discussion on the role education when building sustainable diverse societies, together with Srđan Verbić, Minister of Education of Serbia, Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, First Deputy State Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality of Georgia as well as professor Jan de Groof from Belgium.

During the conference, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark also met with PhD-candidate Sarah Stephan, former Researcher at the Åland Islands Peace Institute and currently employed as a Project Officer with HCNM, co-ordinating a research project focusing on the role of minorities as bridge builders, conducted in co-operation with The European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) and European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI).

Guest lectures and seminar during research stay in Uppsala
Sunday, 24 April 2016

Sia talarDuring April, the Research Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Associate Professor of International Law, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark is on a research stay at the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Faculty of Law. During her stay she is giving two guest lectures, and has also taken part in one seminar.

On 13 April,  Spiliopoulou Åkermark was one of the panelists in a seminar on the changing security landscape of Europe, arranged by the Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice at Uppsala university. The two other panelists were Johannes Malminen, security political analyst and manager of the security policy unit at the Swedish Defence Research Agency and Katarina Tracz, director of the think tank Frivärld. Sverker Gustavsson, Professor emeritus at the Department of Government at Uppsala University moderated the discussion.

Call for applications for autumn 2016 internship open until 9.5.2016
Monday, 18 April 2016

 The Åland Islands Peace Institute offers an opportunity to experience a dynamic and flexible internship during the fall semester of 2016.

We are looking for a person who is interested in or curious about issues concerning peace, security, minorities and autonomy. The work assignments include arrangements for seminars, spreading of information and website development, thus suitable fields of study background are i.a. social, legal or political sciences but also IT, communication and information management. The working languages at the institute are Swedish and English. Knowledge in Finnish and other languages are also seen as meritorious. To be eligible for an internship at the ÅIPI you should have completed at least one year of your university studies. Priority will be given to applicants who do not yet hold a Master’s degree. The internship period can last from two to five months, and can take place at any point during the fall term in accordance with agreement. The summer months (June-July) are not available for internships as we can not offer supervision during that period.

More information on the call in pdf here.

Demilitarisation project held research meeting in Mariehamn
Monday, 04 April 2016

 The researchers and scientific advisors of the research project ”Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world” met in Mariehamn on March 31, 2016. Before this meeting, two of the project experts, professor Said Mahmoudi (Stockholm University) and Director Timo Koivurova (Arctic center, Rovaniemi) had participated as speakers in the Kastelholm Peace Talks 2016 and the round table discussion that followed. The theme of the Kastelholm Peace Talks this year was ”A sustainable peace around the Baltic Sea – new times, new issues”.

During the research project meeting the experts discussed the structure and goals of the project as well as draft manuscripts by the project researchers.

The three year long research project ”Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarised world” (2015-2018) is funded by the Kone foundation. The project is a cooperative effort between the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Arctic Center in Rovaniemi. Read more about the project here.

Upper row from the left: Sonja Østreng (guest), Professor Said Mahmoudi (advisor), Research Assistant Filip Holiençin (project researcher), Associate professor Gregory Simons (advisor), professor Willy Østreng (advisor), Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark (project and research manager), Director Päivi Kaukoranta (advisor).
Lower row from the left: Professor Timo Koivurova (project researcher), Dr. Pirjo Kleemola-Juntunen (project researcher), Professor emeritus Lauri Hannikainen (advisor), Dr. Matthieu Chillaud (advisor) and PhD Candidate Saila Heinikoski (project researcher). 



Kastelholm talks 2016
Friday, 01 April 2016

Kastelholm Peac Talk logo kopiaOn 30 March 2016, the day of Åland’s demilitarisation, the Kastelholm talks were held for the second time at the Castle of Kastelholm on Åland. This year the topic of the discussion was ”A sustainable peace around the Baltic Sea – new times, new issues”. The Kastelholm talks are held under the patronage of former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen. This year, President Halonen discussed with a panel consisting of Pekka Haavisto, Member of the Parliament of Finland and the Foreign Minister's Special Representative for Peace Mediation; Lena Ek, chairperson of the Forestry Group Södra and former minister for the environment in Sweden; Said Mahmoudi, professor of international law at Stockholm University and Hanna Ojanen, Jean Monnet professor at the University of Tampere. Associate professor Sia Spilipoulou Åkermark, Research Director at the Åland Islands Peace Institute, acted as the moderator of the event. The discussion was held before an invited audience.

Later in the day, a follow-up round table discussion was be held in nearby Restaurant Smakbyn. The panel and the audience from the castle as well as other interested parties participated. At the round table discussion, four commentaters held speeches which were subsequently discussed by the audience. The commentators were the Peace Institute's two senior advisers, former MP Gunnar Jansson and peace researcher Pertti Joenniemi as well as by Professor Timo Koivurova and Petra Granholm, vice president of the environmental organization Ålands natur och miljö and also a member of the Åland Sustainability Council.

The round table discussion was moderated by the Peace Institute Director Kjell-Åke Nordquist.

Kastelholmssamtal 5

The theme ”A sustainable peace around the Baltic Sea – new times, new issues” had been chosen in view of recent changes - both as significant events and long-term trends - in the Baltic region. These changes affect our societies in depth and need to be taken into consideration in order to sustain peace and security in the region.

Developments after the end of the Cold War, the accession to the EU, enhanced security and military cooperation, climate changes, new wars, and demographic changes have brought us new challenges, but also new opportunities. Which events, factors and areas are the most important to consider if we want to see a peaceful development and how should this be addressed? Can economic, demographic and/or environmental challenges invigorate solutions that contribute to peace and security in the Baltic region? How can we preserve and develop democracy in our neighbourhood?

Elias Vartio new research coordinator at the institute
Monday, 14 March 2016

Elias Vartio 2Elias Vartio, Master of Social Science, started as the new research coordinator at the Åland Islands Peace Institute in February. He has previously studied public international law at both Helsinki University and Åbo Akademi University. Besides his background in public international law, human rights and social sciences he has also previously worked as journalist both in print and broadcasting media.

Elias is looking forward to the professional challenges ahead in his role as the research coordinator at the institute.

-  My original reason for endeavouring studies in public international law was due to my interest concerning conflict resolution. Since then I have shifted focus perhaps to conflict prevention and have also tried a career as a journalist. In that sense, I see this opportunity to work at the peace institute as a return to my roots. However, at the same time I think my previous experience in journalism will be a definitive advantage when I’ll begin my work on making our research more accessible and perhaps also more popularised – something that I really look forward too.

Earlier Elias has also been actively engaged in the Brussels based youth think thank Futurelab Europe and the Turku University affiliated Finland Futures Research Centre (ffrc), where he was involved in two research projects on the impact of new and emerging technologies on security and privacy. 

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 1/2016
Friday, 11 March 2016

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  • Kastelholmssamtal med öppet "eftersnack".
  • demilitariseringsforskare i lunchseminarium och forskarmöten
  • Jämställdhetsprojekt höll möte på Åland
  • Fredstema i svensk-nordiskt magasin
  • Medlingsbyrån förkovrar sig


  • Kastelholm talks on sustainable peace in the Baltic Sea Region
  • Lunch seminar on demilitarisation held in Mariehamn
  • Gender equality project KID held meetings on Åland
  • Reflections on peace in Swedish-Nordic magazine
  • Educational activities at the Mediation Office