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23 april 2015

Arctic Council Gets New Leader: what choice will Washington make?

Yekaterina Klimenko Research Fellow, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)


At a meeting in Canada on April 23, 2015 the United States will assume chairmanship of the Arctic Council for 2015-2017. These are difficult times for the Arctic, and for the Arctic Council in particular. After the previous five years of dynamic growth of cooperation, the Arctic region is faced with the problems of geopolitical rivalry between Russia and the West. The key issue over the next two years will remain the same: will the United States be able to overcome these problems and set the dialogue within the Arctic Council on a constructive path, especially considering the internal divisions in the country over Arctic policy.

03 april 2015

Amusing Delimitation: How to Neatly Split the Arctic Shelf

Dmitry Tulupov Faculty of International Relations of St. Petersburg State University


The aggravated tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine have markedly affecte political dynamics in the Arctic. Most of the international media1 insist that the region is in for another wave of militarization, altering the perception of the Arctic dispute which predominantly deal with national jurisdiction and borders. The most heated row seems to be over the delimitation of the continental shelf in the central part of the Arctic Ocean.

12 march 2015

Climate change, indigenous people, sustainable infrastructure – what else are we missing in the Arctic?


The Arctic region remains a frozen treasure that everybody wants to lay hands on. In Russia, when we speak about the Arctic region, we mean oil exploitation. The scope of the discussion should be broader and more focused on painful issues like climate change, preserving natural habitats and keeping indigenous people safe and sound. How long will we be blind to these problems? Professor Vincent F.Gallucci, director for the Centre for Canadian Arctic studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, Fishery’s science and policy expert shares his views with RIAC.

04 march 2015

Security Issues Are Not Resolved by Nervousness

Lev Voronkov Doctor of Political Science, Professor, MGIMO University


It is in the fundamental interests of the countries and peoples of Northern Europe to maintain and consolidate the zone of peace and stability in the region. This is not to say that those countries do not include political forces that are ready to support the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO and to help these states become deeply integrated into the military and political structures of the North Atlantic treaty, or, on the other hand, very influential political and social circles that are firmly against such a turn of events.

02 february 2015

Is Arctic Cooperation Falling Prey to the Ukraine Crisis?


On January 20-21, the Norwegian city of Tromsø once again was the venue for the international conference "Arctic Frontiers 2015" devoted to development issues in the Arctic region. With relations between Russia and the West at a low point due to the Ukraine crisis, questions arise if their future cooperation in the Arctic can be made possible in a full-fledged format. We met with RIAC Member Andrey Zagorsky, Director of IMEMO Department of Disarmament and Resolution, to get his insights about the emerging pattern in the handling of Arctic affairs.

10 — 11 december 2014

Development of the Arctic as Russia's New National Idea


On December 10-11, 2014 St. Petersburg hosted the 4th International Forum "The Arctic: the Present and the Future" sponsored by the Polar Association. The event attracted a wide range of specialists, government officials and explorers engaged in the Arctic research and development, with the total attendance of plenary and working sessions reaching almost 700 delegates from 20 Russian regions.


01 — 04 december 2014

RIAC Surveys Arctic Policy of Finland


On December 1-4, 2014 RIAC Program Manager Lyudmila Fililppova went to Finland as a member of press tour "Arctic Issues and Arctic Policy" sponsored by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Finnfacts Agency. Among participants were media people and representatives of Karelia Republic, Murmansk Region, Pskov Region, Moscow and St. Petersburg.


20 — 22 november 2014

RIAC at International Conference “The Open Arctic”


During the November 18-22, 2014, festival “The Arctic Days in Moscow”, international academic conference “The Open Arctic” was held with the participation of representatives of the Russian Arctic-related ministries and agencies, academic and business communities, as well as experts from Russia and other circumpolar countries. The Russian International Affairs Council took part in the roundtable “The Arctic: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” moderated by Academician Vladimir Kotlyakov, Director of RAS Institute of Geography.

20 november 2014

Arctic Shipping: A Route to Russian-American Cooperation

Henry Huntington Senior Officer, International Arctic The Pew Charitable Trusts

Roger Rufe Vice Admiral, United States Coast Guard (retired)


Russia and the United States have a shared interest in keeping shipping routes open while also reducing uncertainty and risk. Arctic waters are no place for ill-equipped vessels that pose a hazard to themselves and others and may drain the search-and-rescue capabilities of Arctic coastal states. At the same time, Arctic routes promise economic efficiencies and opportunities, consistent with the principle of freedom of navigation on the seas.

27 october 2014

Will Greenland Become an Independent State?

Lev Voronkov Doctor of Political Science, Professor, MGIMO University


Independent Greenland may fall short of necessary human and material resources to provide the qualified personnel for state and local government, the judiciary system, police and military structures, research institutions, diplomatic and other missions abroad. Greenland authorities are unlikely to be able to solve problems involving the protection of natural resources without the support of Denmark or some other foreign assistance.

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