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07 december 2016

The Northern Sea Route: National Regime in the Changing International Context

Julia Bobrova Ph.D. in Law, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation

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Both the Arctic states and other members of the global community are becoming increasingly interested in the Arctic. The issues of developing the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and the legal regulation of navigation in its waters are pending both for the Russian interests and in the international context, especially since the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) comes into force on 1 January 2017.

31 october 2016

Russian and Chinese Experts Discussed Cooperation in the Arctic

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On October 31, 2016, 5th Conference of China-Russia Arctic Workshop took place in Quingdao (PRC). The event was organized by Ocean University of China. The participants of the conference discussed Russia and China strategies in the Arctic region; the main areas and challenges in cooperation of the two countries in the Far North; the perspectives of Beijing participation in the Russia’s Arctic area development, Arctic resources development, and the Northern Sea Route navigation.

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03 november 2016

Russia and the US in the Arctic: Cooperate to Survive

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On October 12-13, 2016, RIAC held the “International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development” conference organized under the auspices of the Government of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Paul Berkman, Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy (Tufts University), David Benton, Commissioner on the United States Arctic Research Commission and Scott Highleyman, Director of International Arctic Program (The PEW Charitable Trusts) shared their views on the Arctic possibly becoming a new area of confrontation and the most promising spheres of cooperation in the region.

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12 — 13 october 2016

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

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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.

13 october 2016

Conference “International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development”. Plenary sessions

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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. I

12 october 2016

Asian Players in the Arctic: Interests, Opportunities, Prospects

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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.

12 — 13 october 2016

Conference “International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development 20th Anniversary of the Arctic Council”

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On 12–13 October 2016, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) holds the Conference titled “International Cooperation in the Arctic: New Challenges and Vectors of Development”. The event is supported by the Executive Office of the Government of Russia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Official Partner of the Conference is NOVATEK.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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