The Russia Conference 2018: Cold peace in the Arctic?
How does the conflict between Russia and the West affect the situation in the Arctic? Join us at NUPI’s annual Russia Conference on 14 September to find out.
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.
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Opening remarks by NUPI Director Ulf Sverdrup
Panel discussion 1: The Arctic as a domestic issue in Russia
Chair: Arild Moe (FNI)
Helge Blakkisrud (NUPI): Defining the Arctic the Russian way
Nina Poussenkova (IMAMO, Moscow): Russia's Arctic Energy
Dmitriy Tulupov (St Petersburg State University): The concept of “opornaya zona” in the Russian Arctic
Panel discussion 2: The Arctic as a meeting place
Chair: Anja Salo (Barents Secretariat)
Aleksander Sergunin (St Petersburg State University): The Russian perspective
Kristian Lundby Gjerde (NUPI): Interaction Effects in the Arctic
Heather Conley (CSIS): The US perspective on the Arctic
Key note speech, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide
Panel discussion 3: Arctic Futures
Chair: Katarzyna Zysk (IFS)
Pavel Baev (PRIO): Hard security challenges in the Arctic
Konstantin Zaikov (Arctic Strategic Center, NARFU): The future of international cooperation in the Arctic: a view from the region
Jakub M. Godzimirski (NUPI): Arctic futures – three basic scenarios