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12 — 13 october 2016

RIAC Holds the Conference “International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development”


The “International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development” conference organized by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) under the auspices of the Government of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held in Moscow on October 12—13, 2016. Official Partner of the Conference is NOVATEK. The event was held ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Arctic Council and was attended by representatives of all its member states, including senior officials from Russia, Norway and Iceland, officials from Denmark and Canada, members of the business community, and leading experts from the Arctic countries.

12 october 2016

Asian Players in the Arctic: Interests, Opportunities, Prospects


The Arctic’s growing geopolitical and geoeconomic significance against the background of global climate change determines the interest of non-Arctic players to the region. In 2013 India, China, Republic of Korea, Japan and Singapore became observers to the Arctic Council. The Report examines non-regional actors’ interests in the Arctic, their policy frameworks in the region and principal areas of Arctic studies. Authors also explore the Asian states’ positions on the international status of the Arctic.

11 october 2016

Russia and the US in the Arctic

Andrey Zagorsky RIAC member, Department Head at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Over the last years relations between Russia and the US have significantly deteriorated in the majority of cooperation areas. However, Russia-US interaction in the Arctic remains largely shielded from the general climate of mistrust. The Working Paper focuses on the US and Russia’s interests, challenges and opportunities for maintaining and consolidating a cooperative relationship in the Arctic and seeks to identify particular issues that could and should be pursued in the near-term (next three years) and mid-term (next five years) taking into account the results of the US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.


10 october 2016

Arctic Oil and Gas Resource Development: Current Situation and Prospects

Ivan Panichkin Lecturer, Department of Legal Regulation of Fuel and Energy at the International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy, MGIMO University, RIAC Expert


The decline in global oil prices that began in the summer of 2014 carries with it a number of risks in assembling a whole range of major oil and gas projects, including shale gas extraction projects, deep-water offshore projects and projects in the Arctic shelf. By 2040 energy demand will be 40–60 per cent greater than in 2010. Oil will continue to play a leading role in the global energy balance. Offshore oil and gas resources in the Arctic could, in the medium and long term, play significant role both in maintaining current oil and gas production levels and in ensuring growth in the future.

22 september 2016

France’s New Role in the Arctic

Maria Lagutina Ph.D. in Political Science, Associate Professor at the Global Politics Department of St. Petersburg State University


In June 2016, France adopted its National Arctic Exploration Programme, which sets out the country’s basic interests in the region and delineates the principal trends and priorities of its Arctic policies in the coming years. In its programme, France defines itself as a polar state and a leading actor in the Arctic, staking its claim to a more active role in the Arctic affairs in the near future. Yet, given the current conditions of Arctic cooperation, will France succeed in fully implementing its strategic goals and tasks? The question remains open.


12 september 2016

International Conference "International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development"


On 12–13 October 2016, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia holds the Conference titled "International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development". The objective of the conference is to determine the outlines of the institutional development of the Arctic Council, the prospects for legal regulation of activities in the Arctic, as well as the potential of economic projects in the region and of cooperation with non-regional players.

26 july 2016

Head of Finnish East Office in Moscow


On July 26, 2016, RIAC Program Manager for the Arctic and Asia-Pacific Lyudmila Filippova met with Executive Chairman of East Office of Finnish Industries Esko Aho to discuss future cooperation between the Russian International Affairs Council and the Finnish business association.

12 — 13 july 2016

RIAC at the Ocean University of China


On July 12-13, 2016, RIAC Program Manager for the Arctic and Asia-Pacific Lyudmila Filippova visited the Ocean University of China, Qingdao. Ms. Filippova read a lecture titled “The Future of the Arctic Region: Reconciling or Walking apart?” The presentation was followed by a discussion of current issues related with Russia-China relations and international cooperation in the Arctic with participation of the university students and faculty.


16 june 2016

RIAC at international conference “Ukraine, Syria and the Arctic – From Challenges to Solutions”


On June 13-14, 2016, RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov, Deputy Director on Science of RAS Institute for Oil and Gas Studies Vassily Bogoyavlensky, RIAC Program Manager Lyudmila Filippova and MGIMO Senior Lecturer Igor Istomin were in Toronto at international conference “Ukraine, Syria and the Arctic – From Challenges to Solutions” sponsored by the Institute for 21st Century Questions, the Global Brief magazine and the Canadian Forces College.

13 — 15 june 2016

RIAC takes a part at the conference "Ukraine, Syria and the Arctic – From Challenges to Solutions"


This two-day international conference on Russia is organized in Toronto on June 13– 15 by the Institute for 21st Century Questions (21CQ) and Global Brief Magazine, in partnership with the Canadian Forces College. The Russian International Affairs Council will be represented at the conference by Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General and Lyudmila Filippova, RIAC Program Manager.

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