The Åland Islands Peace Institute woks practically and with research into peace and conflict issues in a broadly defined sense, with Åland and the special status that Åland enjoys under international law as a starting point. The Institute focuses on forms of autonomy, minority issues, demilitarisation and conflict management. The Åland Islands Peace Institute takes part in several national and international networks of organisations working on closely related issues. The Peace Institute is an independent charitable foundation, which was founded in 1992. The Board of the Institute takes decisions on the overall activities of the Institute, while the Research Council is responsible for the scientific direction of the research activitites of the Institute.