Science diplomacy and security in the Arctic
Organised by Arctic Frontiers, Konrad adenauer stiftung and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

The global political order is changing. Powerful actors are promoting their interests and involvement in Arctic politics and economic development. For a long time, the Arctic has stood out as a region of peace, stability and dialogue. As the world seems to drift towards increased confrontation, nationalism and protectionism, some observers worry that these trends might spill over on relations in the Arctic. Do such worries create the need for an international fora where security issues in the Arctic can be discussed? The strategic value of the Arctic remains high, as the region has become an integral part of global affairs. The Arctic Council has proven instrumental in finding common solutions to regional challenges. In the Arctic, countries from three different continents have found ways of working together based on common interests and respect for international law. Arctic Council and other arctic fora provide rare examples of East-West cooperation in tumultuous times. At the same time, the Norwegian Arctic is NATO's northern flank. In a time of sharpened dialogue between Russia and the West, can the peaceful and lawful collaboration in the Arctic be shielded from a cooling of international relations elsewhere? How does power matter in shaping cooperation and diplomacy in the Arctic? How can soft diplomacy help build trust and maintain stability in the Arctic?

This event will be available as a podcast after the event.

09:00 Welcome and introduction

  • Elisabeth Bauer, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Director for Baltic states and the Nordic countries
  • Njord Wegge, PhD. Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
  • Ole Øvretveit, Director, Arctic Frontiers, Tromsø

09:15 Section 1: The Arctic and East-West security: The historical record meets present challenges

  1. Stian Bones, Professor Modern History, UiT
  2. Dmitry Tulupov, St. Petersburg State University
  3. Jakub Gozimirski, NUPI

Moderator: Kate Hansen Bundt, Secretary General, Norwegian Atlantic Committee

10:30 Break

10:45 Section 2: Natural science cooperation in the Arctic, a venue for East-West trust building?

  1. Jørgen Berge, Professor Marin Biology, UiT
  2. Frej Sorento Dichmann, Danish ministry of Education and research
  3. Christoph Humrich, University of Groningen

Moderator: Rasmus Bertelsen, Professor Political Science, UiT

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Section 3 [Short presentations followed by panel discussion]: Keeping the Arctic peaceful in a world of great power rivalry. The need for prudent diplomacy, cooperation and good institutions.

  1. Leiv Lunde, Senior advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  2. US representative (tbc)
  3. Alexander Serguin,
  4. Timo Koivurova, Professor Law, Rovaniemi

Moderator: Matthias Dornfeldt

14:15 Break

14:30 Section 4 Closing statement with reflections on today’s panels and discussions

  1. David Balton, Wilson Center
  2. Caroline de Camaret, Europe editor, France 24
  3. Oran Young, Professor University of California, Santa Barbara 

Moderator: Njord Wegge

Organised by Arctic Frontiers, Konrad adenauer stiftung and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com

Arena Arena

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

09:00 - 15:30

Clarion Hotel The Edge - Arbeidskontoret 1

Add to Calendar 2019-01-23 09:00 2019-01-23 15:30 Europe/Oslo Science diplomacy and security in the Arctic
Organised by Arctic Frontiers, Konrad adenauer stiftung and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
The global political order is changing. Powerful actors are promoting their interests and involvement in Arctic politics and economic development. For a long time, the Arctic has stood out as a region of peace, stability and dialogue. As the world seems to drift towards increased confrontation, nationalism and protectionism, some observers worry that these trends might spill over on relations in the Arctic. Do such worries create the need for an international fora where security issues in the Arctic can be discussed? The strategic value of the Arctic remains high, as the region has become an integral part of global affairs. The Arctic Council has proven instrumental in finding common solutions to regional challenges. In the Arctic, countries from three different continents have found ways of working together based on common interests and respect for international law. Arctic Council and other arctic fora provide rare examples of East-West cooperation in tumultuous times. At the same time, the Norwegian Arctic is NATO's northern flank. In a time of sharpened dialogue between Russia and the West, can the peaceful and lawful collaboration in the Arctic be shielded from a cooling of international relations elsewhere? How does power matter in shaping cooperation and diplomacy in the Arctic? How can soft diplomacy help build trust and maintain stability in the Arctic?This event will be available as a podcast after the event. 09:00 Welcome and introduction Elisabeth Bauer, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Director for Baltic states and the Nordic countries Njord Wegge, PhD. Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) Ole Øvretveit, Director, Arctic Frontiers, Tromsø 09:15 Section 1: The Arctic and East-West security: The historical record meets present challenges Stian Bones, Professor Modern History, UiT Dmitry Tulupov, St. Petersburg State University Jakub Gozimirski, NUPI Moderator: Kate Hansen Bundt, Secretary General, Norwegian Atlantic Committee 10:30 Break 10:45 Section 2: Natural science cooperation in the Arctic, a venue for East-West trust building? Jørgen Berge, Professor Marin Biology, UiT Frej Sorento Dichmann, Danish ministry of Education and research Christoph Humrich, University of Groningen Moderator: Rasmus Bertelsen, Professor Political Science, UiT 12:00 Lunch 13:00 Section 3 [Short presentations followed by panel discussion]: Keeping the Arctic peaceful in a world of great power rivalry. The need for prudent diplomacy, cooperation and good institutions. Leiv Lunde, Senior advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway US representative (tbc) Alexander Serguin, Timo Koivurova, Professor Law, Rovaniemi Moderator: Matthias Dornfeldt 14:15 Break 14:30 Section 4 Closing statement with reflections on today’s panels and discussions David Balton, Wilson Center Caroline de Camaret, Europe editor, France 24 Oran Young, Professor University of California, Santa Barbara  Moderator: Njord Wegge Organised by Arctic Frontiers, Konrad adenauer stiftung and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs For more information about this side event contact Maria Varteressian, Manager, Arctic Frontiers Arena, maria@arcticfrontiers.com Clarion Hotel The Edge - Arbeidskontoret 1

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