Arctic // Events
12 march 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
05 september 2014
Yekaterina Klimenko, participant of RIAC 2012 Summer School Roadmap for International Cooperation in the Arctic" has written a policy paper "Russia’s Evolving Arctic Strategy: Drivers, Challenges and New Opportunities" for the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In her paper, the author analyzes Russia's strategy in the Arctic to development of energy resources, the Northern Sea Route, changes of Moscow's policies in the context of the altering international context, and the copeartion between Russian and China in the region. RIAC expresses gratitude to Yekaterina Klimenko for using its Arctic Project materials.
03 july 2014
On July 3, 2014 RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov and Program Director Ivan Timofeev received Viktor Dosenko, Vice President of International Transport Academy, and Marinella Tabet, Director of its International Relations Department. The two sides discussed cooperation in research and public activities, with the focus on RIAC's priority Arctic project. The guests were presented some of RIAC works, i.e. report "International Cooperation in the Arctic 2013" and the anthology "The Arctic Region: Problems of International Cooperation."
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