Senior Researcher Felix Schulte Explores Territorial Autonomy and Ethnic Conflict Resolution at Åland Islands Peace Institute


In a recent visit to the Åland Islands Peace Institute, Senior Researcher Dr. Felix Schulte addressed members of the Åland regional parliament, shedding light on the resilience of territorial autonomy systems amid contemporary national and international challenges.

During his lecture, Felix emphasized the pivotal role autonomy arrangements play in managing ethnic self-determination conflicts. He dissected the factors influencing the resilience of autonomies, highlighting the potential for change in these elements, contingent upon the political and legal design of institutional reforms.

As part of a research seminar, Felix critically examined the topic 'Territorial Autonomy and Ethnic Conflict Resolution - What We (Do Not) Know.' This session provided an in-depth analysis of existing insights and research gaps in the field.

Presenting findings from a recently published study in 'Ethnopolitics,' Felix uncovered a noteworthy correlation: peace agreements fortified by autonomy arrangements demonstrate increased durability when characterized by a high level of legalization. These results offer nuanced perspectives for crafting effective peace-building strategies in regions grappling with ethnic tensions.

The seminar also welcomed members of the "Global Autonomy Network Group" (GANG), adding a dynamic dimension to the discussions and fostering collaboration across geographical boundaries.

Felix Schulte's visit to the Åland Islands Peace Institute contributes valuable insights for policymakers, scholars, and practitioners engaged in ethnic conflict resolution. The exploration of territorial autonomy systems serves as a pragmatic guide in our collective efforts toward a more stable and harmonious global landscape. Stay informed for updates on pioneering research and initiatives shaping the future of autonomy and conflict resolution.

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