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Blogs

Arctic Cooperation

14 april
2014
Eleonora Milazzo

Between Yellowknife and Crimea: towards a security dilemma?

The Arctic Council diplomats gathered in Yellowknife, Canada, from the 25th to the 27th of March to discuss high-level political issues concerning the Arctic. The work of the Arctic Council continues, but the echo of the events that occurred in Crimea cannot be ignored. How is Arctic cooperation responding to this unprecedented crisis in Russian-Western relations? What will happen to Arctic cooperation? Is the rise of tension leading to a security dilemma?

19 march
2014
Eleonora Milazzo

Prospects of cooperation in U.S.-Russia relations in the Arctic

The U.S. is going to chair the Arctic Council in 2015. This prospect, together with the current open confrontation in Ukraine, raises some questions concerning the future of U.S.-Russia cooperation in the Arctic. We asked Pavel Gudev, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, about the agenda for the upcoming years.

04 march
2014
Eleonora Milazzo

International cooperation is a must for the future of the Arctic

Arctic cooperation has worked well in the last years, providing good political and economic results. The UNCLOS and the rights of sovereignty of the coastal states will guide the future development of the Arctic region. In this framework, enhanced international and regional cooperation is a must to face new and old challenges. As a matter of fact, even if the Arctic states aim at strengthening their rights and their uncontested influence on the management of the Arctic, the Arctic agenda calls for a unitary strategy of international cooperation. The prospect of new navigable routes in the Central Arctic Ocean shows how cooperation will be in everyone's interest.