The Arctic has long been a region characterized by international cooperation both at the bi- and multilateral level. While the relationship between Russia and the West has worsened dramatically in the aftermath of the crisis in Ukraine, many observers believed that constructive cooperation in the Arctic could largely continue as before.

How does the conflict between the West and Russia affect cooperation in the Arctic? Is it possible to shield this cooperation from the general deterioration in relations, or are we heading for a political cooling in the North? These are some of the questions we will discuss at NUPI's annual Russia conference, which will take place on 14 September at the House of Literature in Oslo.

The conference presents findings from the NRC funded CANARCT project, which aimed to investigate how tensions in Russia’s relations with the West after the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine have affected cooperation between Russia and other actors in the Arctic.