Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

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AX-22101 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
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Nyhetsbrev/Newsletter 1/2015
Wednesday, 29 April 2015

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- Kjell-Åke Nordquist t f direktör för fredsinstitutet
- Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark leder nytt forskningsprojekt om demilitarisering
- Internationell konferens med minoritetstema hölls i Mariehamn
- Ny rapport om territoriell självstyrelse
- Nordiskt seminarium om Arktis hölls i Oslo
- Ny medlingsansvarig och fler frivilliga medlare
- Jämställdhetsarbete studerades på daghem i Norden
- Fair Sex-workshopar anpassas till högstadiet


- Kjell-Åke Nordquist Acting Director of the ÅIPI
- Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark head of research project on Demilitarisation
- International conference with minority theme held in Mariehamn
- New report on territorial autonomy
- Nordic seminar on the Arctic held in Oslo
- New Mediation Officer and more volontary mediators
- Gender equality studied at Nordic Kindergartens
- Fair Sex workshops adapted to a younger audience

Kjell-Åke Nordquist Acting Director of the ÅIPI
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Kjellake 72Since April 15, 2015 Associate Professor Kjell-Åke Nordquist functions as Acting Director of The Åland Islands Peace Institute, while Director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark works as a research leader of the new research project “Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarized world. International perspectives in a multilevel framework – the case of the Åland Islands.”

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.

Research report on success factors for territorial autonomies
Tuesday, 07 April 2015

Report 1 2015 online FINAL Page 001What 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.

International conference with minority theme organized in Mariehamn
Thursday, 02 April 2015

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"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.

The importance of peaceful conflict resolutions for minorities: former guest researcher in Sonderborg
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!

Registation for minority conference
Thursday, 05 March 2015

The registration happens on the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/2pUxAz83DG
If anything is unclear or there is a problem with the link, please contact Charlotte Winberg, conference coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +358-4573445570

More information about the conference is found here.​

Minority conference in Mariehamn 31 March 2015
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.

Conference on Nordic autonomies in a Peace Persepective
Monday, 09 February 2015

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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”.

Newly employed: Petra Granholm
Wednesday, 04 February 2015

Petra webb storPetra 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".​

E-course on territorial autonomy and the Åland Example
Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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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.