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The Russia Conference 2020: Great Powers and Arctic Politics

Did you miss the conference on 10 September? Here are all the panels for you to watch!
FOTO: NTB Scanpix
FOTO: NTB Scanpix

2020 marks 25 years since NUPI’s first Russia Conference. Since 1995, the Russia Conference has been a meeting place for international and Norwegian scholars to debate the core questions in Russian foreign and domestic policy. Because of Covid19, our conference was this year transformed into a fully digital event.

This year’s programme continues the tradition of taking a focused and varied look at core issues facing Russia by exploring if and how rivalry between major powers is affecting Arctic politics and shaping the premises for northern cooperation. Below you will find recordings of all the panels for the Russia Conference 2020:

Panel 1: Norwegian Arctic perspectives

  • A conversation with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide with NUPI director Ulf Sverdrup

Panel 2: Domestic preoccupations and international aspirations: A view from Russia’s Arctic

  • Julie Wilhelmsen (NUPI, chair), Aleksander Sergunin (St. Petersburg State University) and Helge Blakkisrud (NUPI)

Panel 3: China in Arctic politics and ocean governance

  • Henrik S. Hiim (NUPI, chair), Alf Håkon Hoel (University of Tromsø), Yun Sun (Stimson Institute, DC)

Panel 4: American Arctic Perspectives

  • Jim DeHart in conversation with Elana Wilson Rowe (NUPI)

Panel 5: US Arctic Politics: Steady course or changing track?

  • Karsten Friis (NUPI, chair), Rebecca Pincus (US Naval War College), Robert Orttung (George Washington University) and Mike Sfraga (Polar Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center)

 See more information about the panels here!


  • Foreign policy
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • The Arctic


When NUPI established its Centre for Russian Studies back in 1995, the ambition was twofold: to produce first-rate research on Russian politics and society; and to provide the Norwegian public with research-based insights on the political, social and economic transformations underway in our great neighbour. Therefore, we decided to organize an annual Russia Conference at NUPI where we would bring together Norwegian and international, world-leading experts on Russian politics.