Arctic // Events
25 february 2014
On February 25, 2014 Northern (Arctic) Federal University opened an international Winter School “Model Arctic Council” (MAC) aimed to reproduce the activities of the Arctic states within the Council. The participants included master’s degree holders and post-graduate students from the University and its U.S., Norwegian, Swedish and Canadian partners, as well as young experts from such non-Arctic countries as Indonesia and Thailand.
14 february 2014
The active development of the system for Arctic policy since the beginning of the 2000s both on the national and international levels has greatly contributed to shaping the informal behavior of the many regional powers concerned. What kind of role does Iceland have, which until recently remained in the shadows of the “Arctic race”, chosen for itself? What are the challenges and opportunities that Reykjavik faces while implementing its regional strategy?
04 february 2014
The extraction of natural resources in the Arctic is becoming an increasingly hot topic. We talked to Oleg Korneev, Deputy Director for Geoecology and Engineering Surveys at the SevMorGeo Geological Sea Survey Company, about the feasibility of Arctic development and Russia’s current projects in the area.
04 february 2014
Academician Valery Tishkov, Director of Miklukho-Maklay Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology at the Russian Academy of Sciences met with RIAC to share his views on the prospects for the indigenous peoples of the North and their integration with modern society.
22 january 2014
We asked David Benton of the US Arctic Research Commission to comment on international cooperation in the North-Pacific, and to give his perspective on international activities in the Arctic.
30 december 2013
Economic development in the Arctic has recently been in the global spotlight. We discussed plans for exploiting natural resources in the Arctic, and the potential impact that economic activities may have on the region’s environment, with Alexander Shestakov, Director of the Global Arctic Programme at the World Wildlife Fund
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.
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