Arctic // Events
09 december 2013
In 2013, the expert community has noticeably shifted its focus on the perspectives for the Arctic development, with two major conferences in Russia within one week, i.e. RIAC’s “The Arctic: Region of Cooperation and Development” in Moscow and “The Arctic: Now and Then” in St. Petersburg. The latter was held on December 5-6 under the auspices of the Association of Polar Explorers with support of the Russian Ministry for Regional Development and St. Petersburg Government, and gathered almost 400 polar explorers, experts on Arctic infrastructure, representatives of federal and local authorities, businesses, universities and NGOs.
04 december 2013
On December 2-3, 2013 Moscow became the venue of international conference “The Arctic: Region of Cooperation and Development” organized by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and its Russian and international partners, among them RAS Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), International Maritime Law Association, The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Center for Strategic and International Studies. The event was primarily focused on international cooperation of the Arctic states in the region.
03 december 2013
The Arctic and related issues became an extremely hot topic at the turn of the 21st century. The reasons for this new focus on the region are chiefly economic: soaring global energy prices made many parties turn their attentions to the Arctic, where experts believe there are vast hydrocarbon reserves.Activity here would give a new impulse to security, transportation, logistic and ecological projects.
02 december 2013
In late November, 2013 RIAC published its anthology “The Arctic Region: Problems of International Cooperation” prepared within the framework of its project “Roadmap for International Cooperation in the Arctic” aimed at assisting the implementation of Russia’s strategy for development of the Arctic and preservation of its unique environment on the basis of effective international interaction. The three-volume anthology includes articles on all key issues of international cooperation of the planet’s North.
29 november 2013
On December 2-3, 2013 the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) together with the Institute of the World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) RAS and in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold in Moscow an International Conference on “The Arctic: Region of Development and Cooperation”. The event is endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
29 november 2013
The report continues work held in line with the “Roadmap for International Cooperation in the Arctic” project organized by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). The report covers the results of international cooperation in the Arctic region in 2013. The authors focused on four basic areas of cooperation: strengthening of the Arctic Council fisheries regulation, vessel traffic issues, and harmonization of national environmental legislation.
13 november 2013
Interest in the Arctic region is growing. The activity of the Arctic states is accompanied by initiatives from non-Arctic countries. The traditional actors in the region are concerned about the future plans of new observers in the Arctic Council, especially those from the Asia-Pacific. Representatives of the latter are warmly welcomed at international forums on Arctic issues. The strategies of their countries have yet to be presented. An interview on the South Korea’s Arctic policy was given by Dong-min Jin, Head of the Polar Logistics Division, KOPRI.
31 october 2013
According to the Research Strategy for the Arctic and Northern Areas, by 2020 Norway is to become a leading nation for research on the Arctic and northern areas; the country will be recognized for its sound management of resources, and Northern Norway will become a prosperous region with a developed and innovative economy.
24 september 2013
The Arctic region is turning into an area of protracted geopolitical rivalry. This rivalry will not necessarily be expressed in any military confrontation, but rather will take the form of economic, technological and political competition. In this context, the states involved will be ever less prepared to opt for compromise in upholding their national interests within international organizations. NATO’s increasing activity in the Arctic will lead to transfiguration in relations in the area of international security, with new challenges and opportunities emerging for Russia.
23 september 2013
According to Atomflot Deputy Director Stansilav Golovinsky, in 2013 foreigners outnumber Russian companies in applications for ice escort in polar waters. RIAC experts regard it as a sign of growing competition in the Arctic. On September 19, Russian International Affairs Council held an expert meeting on international cooperation in the Arctic with participation of representatives of ministries, agencies, think tanks and NGOs to discuss preservation of biological resources and management of shipping in the region, as well as harmonization of ecological legislations.
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