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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.

05 september 2014

RIAC Summer School "Roadmap for International Cooperation in the Arctic" Pays Off


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

RIAC Welcomes International Transport Academy


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."

23 april 2014

RIAC Experts on the Outlook for Russian-Canadian Cooperation in the Arctic Given the Current International Situation


On April 15, 2014 Canada said it would boycott an upcoming meeting of the Arctic Council in Moscow. Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the decision was part of the sanctions imposed by Canada on Russia because of the events in Ukraine. RIAC experts Alexander Vylegzhanin (MGIMO), Alexander Sergunin (St Petersburg State University), Valeriy Konyshev (St Petersburg State University) and Pavel Gudev (IMEMO RAS) comment on Canada’s decision and on how the Ukrainian crisis might affect the Arctic Council’s effectiveness and the degree of cooperation in the Arctic region.

18 april 2014

Prospects for cooperation in the Arctic: a Canadian perspective



This month we asked Rob Huebert to comment on the implications of the Crimean crisis for the Arctic. Huebert is associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. He has researched extensively on Arctic policy and defense. He doesn’t rule out the possibility of escalating tensions in the Arctic. The latest news of Canada’s boycott of the Arctic Council meeting in Moscow confirms this picture.

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