Arctic // Events

04 august 2015

Alaska. A Golden Fleece for the U.S. Establishment

Valery Konyshev Doctor of Political Science, Professor, St. Petersburg State University

Alexander Sergunin Doctor of Political Science, Professor, St. Petersburg State University


With Alaska and adjacent seas increasingly attracting everybody's attention because of their vast resources, many wonder how Washington will combine their development with preserving Alaska's unique social and ecological system – two priorities that have little in common.

27 july 2015

The Russian Arctic: Potential for International Cooperation

Alexander Pilyasov Dr. of Geography, Professor of Economics, Head of the Center for Northern and Arctic Economies

Alexander Kotov Ph.D. in Economics, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Arctic and Northern economies under the Council for the Study of Productive Forces (SOPS), Associate Professor of Philosophy, Economics and Social Sciences Department of the Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography, Expert of RIAC


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 looks into the network of circumpolar territories including new industrial regions on the Arctic continental shelf, analyses key goals of educational cooperation and identifies opportunities for international collaboration among small and medium-sized businesses in the Arctic. Authors present their vision for strategic governance in the Russian Arctic and inter-municipal cooperation in the coastal zone of the Russian Federation.

29 april 2015

A Step Forwards, or a Step Backwards? Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Iqaluit (Canada)

Andrey Zagorsky

PhD in History, Head of department IMEMO RAS, MGIMO Professor, RIAC member


It would be difficult to say there was a breakthrough at the Arctic Council biennial session of the eight member-states’ foreign ministers, which took place on 24-25 April 2015. But the successes and failures of the Arctic Council should be assessed primarily on the basis of the expectations that its members associated with the action plans that were agreed two years ago. The Arctic Council states have succeeded, if not fully then to a significant degree, in shielding the council from the impact of the worsening relations between Russia and the West. This may be just half a step forwards, not a whole step. But it is certainly not a step backwards.

28 april 2015

Dmitry Rogozin and Spitsbergen: Igniting the Arctic

Andrey Krivorotov Doctor of Economics, Member of the Advisory Board at Norwegian and Russian Education and Research Consortium for International Energy Business


The Norwegian demarche over Rogozin's visit must have been at least a three-pronged trial to test the strength of Russia's approach to Spitsbergen, to show determination in defending its sovereignty to the electorate, and to confirm its commitment to Russia sanctions imposed by the EU and NATO partners. The Western appeal seems most interesting – should they express solidarity with Norway on its dissatisfaction about Rogozin's stopover, they would automatically support the Norwegian broad interpretation of the 1920 Treaty.

27 april 2015

Arctic Uncertainty

Pavel Gudev PhD in History, Senior Research Fellow at RAS IMEMO Sector for US Foreign and Domestic Policy, RIAC expert


On April 24-25, 2015, the 9th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council took place in Iqaluit, Nunavut in the north of Canada. The meeting marked the end of Canada’s Arctic Council Chairmanship and the start of the US Chairmanship. Russian delegations at such events have been traditionally led by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. However, amidst certain logistical problems and a significant change in the bilateral relations between Moscow and Ottawa, Russia at this meeting was represented by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy. Does this indicate that the events in Ukraine have affected the development of cooperation in the Arctic, and what should Russia expect from the US Chairmanship in the context of the ongoing sanctions pressure?

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.

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