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This year's Kastelholm talks on peace were held on 28 March with the theme "Democracy, Participation and the Role of Civil Society". The Kastelholm talks began with a panel discussion in Kastelholm Castle where the patron of the talks President Tarja Halonen discussed with a panel consisting of Ms. Maud Olofsson, former Minister for Enterprise, former Member of Parliament and Deputy Prime Minister of the Swedish Government; Mr. Pär Stenbäck, former Minister of the Finnish Government, former Member of Parliament and Party Chairperson of the Swedish People's Party; Ms. Li Bennich-Björkman, Johan Skytte Professor of Eloquence and Political Science, affiliated with the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University and Mr. Göran Djupsund, Professor of Political Science, election commentator in Finnish-Swedish television and former Principal of Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa. The discussion was moderated by the Peace Institute's Director, Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark.

The conversation was livestreamed in collaboration with NIPÅ and can be watched (in Swedish) here.

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After the discussion at the Castle, the discussion continued with a round-table discussion at the nearby restaurant Smakbyn. Ms. Moa Lindqvist, doctoral student in education sociology at Uppsala University and researcher on Swedish higher education and Ms. Lotta Angergård, alternate supervisor at Save the Children Åland with years of experience of working with youth and civil society issues and former board member of the Åland Island Peace Institute, initiated the conversation with their perspectives on this year's theme. Thereafter, the panel at the castle and the audience were free to reflect and discuss. Moderator of the discussion was Ms. Susann Simolin, journalist and information officer at the Åland Islands Peace Institute.

Media coverage from the talks as well as summerising texts in Swedish can be found on the Swedish version of the web page, by clicking here.

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Photo: Patricia Holmberg


The Kastelholm talks on peace 2019 were carried out with support from: the Government of Åland, the Åland Parliament, the Consulate General of Sweden in Mariehamn, the Nordic Institute in Åland, the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Fundation as well as Åland Convention Bureau.

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