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Questions related to the use of natural resources in the Far North, oil/gas and fish in particular, are central to NUPI’s Arctic research, as are issues of security policy.

For Norway, relations to Russia are a major factor in the Far North. Also important is the growing interest shown by other parts of the world in the Artic and its natural resources. A central thematic area for Arctic research at NUPI concerns climate change, which are already influencing and altering conditions in the region.
Security realities of freezing politics and thawing landscapes in the Arctic
Podcast

Security realities of freezing politics and thawing landscapes in the Arctic

Russia’s re-invasion of Ukraine in 2022 has had immediate and ongoing effects for Arctic security and cooperative governance at both a regional an...

  • Security policy
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • The Arctic
  • Security policy
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • The Arctic
Articles
Analysis
Articles
Analysis

Options for Arctic governance in difficult weather

PODCAST: What options are there for moving Arctic governance forward, and what needs to be done first?
  • The Arctic
  • Governance
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Options for Arctic governance in difficult weather
Podcast

Options for Arctic governance in difficult weather

The Arctic continues to be transformed and impacted by global forces, from declining sea ice on the Arctic Ocean, through new summers of devastati...

  • The Arctic
  • The Arctic
Articles
New research
Articles
New research

Russian media downplays Arctic freeze

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a freeze in cooperation within the Arctic Council. NUPI researchers have taken a closer look at how the Russian media and analysts present the situation to domestic audiences.
  • Security policy
  • Foreign policy
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • The Arctic
  • Climate
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Publications
Research paper

Changing or frozen narratives? The Arctic in Russian media and expert commentary, 2021–2022

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 has brought Russia–West relations to its lowest point since the Cold War. Relations in the Arctic region are not excepted, evidenced not least by the other seven member states’ pausing their participation in Russia’s Arctic Council chairmanship (which concluded in May 2023). To the extent that “Arctic exceptionalism” – the notion that the Arctic has been characterised by a cooperative mode between Russia and the West which has remained relatively untouched by increasing tensions elsewhere – was ever an appropriate description, Western analysts have now declared it firmly dead. How does this situation look from within Russia? This research paper investigates how the Russian state media and the foreign policy expert community have portrayed the Arctic in 2021 and 2022. How much change has been seen since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine? By surveying “the story about the Arctic” as presented by mainstream narrators and experts, we gain insights into, among other things, how changes in Arctic cooperation, sanctions, the role of China in the Arctic, and the question of climate change are conveyed to Russian audiences. The paper proceeds as follows. We start by briefly explaining the methods and data used. We then present a portrayal of the Arctic in Russia’s government’s newspaper Rossiiskaya gazeta, followed by the role of the Arctic in analyses published by the Russian International Affairs Council and the journal Russia in Global Affairs. Lastly, we conclude by discussing a general continuity in the way the Arctic is framed in the material, and foreground three core themes: climate change, security, and cooperation.

  • Foreign policy
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • The Arctic
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  • Foreign policy
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • The Arctic
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Research project
2023 - 2024 (Ongoing)

Climate change in the Arctic: Security implications and consequences for military operations – a MCDC project (CLIMARCSEC)

Climate-change occurs at some of the highest rates in the Arctic regions resulting in both emerging risks and new opportunities....

  • Security policy
  • The Arctic
  • Conflict
  • Climate
  • Security policy
  • The Arctic
  • Conflict
  • Climate
Articles
Articles

Arctic Governance and Cooperation Through Conflict

Once a symbol of international cooperation and peace, the Arctic now stands at a crossroads between geopolitical tension and diverse opportunities and challenges that require collaboration. How can we move forward on key governance issues in this difficult terrain?
  • The Arctic
  • Governance
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Articles
Articles

Workshop and scenario exercise in Reykjavik

The ArcPres team convened a workshop and scenario exercise in Reykjavik in October 2023, bringing together experts from Canada, the US, Iceland, and Norway to discuss future trends.
  • The Arctic
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Articles
Articles

Dialogue with Northern Norwegian youth

Our project aims to engage youth in northern Norway in dialogue about pressing issues in the Arctic region.
  • Foreign policy
  • The Arctic
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Center

Norwegian Centre for Geopolitics (GEOPOL)

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