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19 april 2016

RIAC Discusses Prospects for Russia-Chinа Cooperation in Arctic


The Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a roundtable on the theme “The Arctic Dimension of Eurasian Integration” on 19 April 2016. The key speech was delivered by Professor Guo Peiqing, the Executive Director of the Institute of Polar Law and Policy of the Ocean University of China. The speech focused on China’s interests and the foundations of its strategy in the Arctic as well as the role of the Arctic region in the implementation of integration initiatives in Eurasia.

19 april 2016

Representatives of Sweden's Ministry of Defence at RIAC


On April 19, 2016, the Russian International Affairs Council received a delegation of Sweden's Ministry of Defence led by Jörgen Cederberg, Senior Adviser of the Ministry’s Department for Security and International Relations. The guests were familiarized with RIAC’s projects on international cooperation in the Arctic, European security, the Baltic, and Russia-NATO dialogue.


15 april 2016

RIAC Hosts a Public Lecture on the Arctic by Experts from the US and Canada


On April 14, 2016 the Russian International Affairs Council hosted an open lecture “Humans and Nature in the Arctic: Case Studies for International Cooperation,” delivered by experts from the US and Canada. The event was organized in collaboration with the Pew Charitable Trusts.


13 april 2016

Experts from Russia, the United States and Canada Discuss Shipping in the Arctic


On April 13, 2016 the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in collaboration with the Pew Charitable Trusts held a round table discussion “Navigation in the Arctic: Promoting Cooperation and Addressing Challenges.” The event was attended by diplomats, representatives of government agencies, expert community and academic circles of Russia, the United States and Canada.

09 december 2015

RIAC in the Forum “The Arctic: the Present and the Future”


On December 7-8, 2015 St. Petersburg hosted the 5th International Forum “The Arctic: the Present and the Future” held under the auspices of the Association of Polar Explorers. Session “Development of International Cooperation in the Arctic”, organized within the framework of the Forum was moderated by RIAC Director General Andrei Kortunov.


24 november 2015

To Explore and Develop

Ivan Panichkin Lecturer, Department of Legal Regulation of Fuel and Energy at the International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy, MGIMO University, RIAC Expert


The continental shelf plays an important role in sustaining global oil and gas production. Over the past ten years, more than two-thirds of the world’s hydrocarbon reserves have been discovered on the continental shelf. All the Arctic states have passed legislation securing the strategic importance of the area, primarily in terms of hydrocarbon reserves. That being said, the Arctic states have barely even begun to explore and develop these resources. Shifting international tensions to the Arctic, and refusing to lift the sanctions, may force the Russian Federation to look at attracting other states to cooperate in the region, primarily those from Asia.

16 october 2015

Andrey Kortunov at Conference “Deep Freeze? East-West Relations and the Arctic” in Helsinki

Julien Nocetti Research Fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)


On October 15-16, 2015, Helsinki was the venue for international conference “Deep Freeze? East-West Relations and the Arctic” sponsored by the East Office of Finnish Industries Ltd., Centre for European Reform and American International Group insurers. RIAC Director General Andrey Kortunov presented RIAC’s current and future Arctic projects and plans and discussed bilateral cooperation of Russian and Finnish think tanks in drawing up the agenda for the approaching Finland’s presidency in the Arctic Council.

08 october 2015

Conflicting Interests in Regulating Navigation in the Bering Strait

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


The growing interest of states in developing and exploitation of the Arctic Ocean spaces and resources raises the question of the extent to which Arctic countries are ready to take steps to introduce uniform standards of navigation in Arctic waters for commercial as well as government vessels.

04 august 2015

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

Valery Konyshev Doctor of Political Science, professor at Saint Petersburg state university, RIAC expert

Alexandr Sergunin Doctor of Political Science, professor at Saint Petersburg state university, RIAC expert


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.

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