Arctic Security: (Re)Defining the New Nexus of Arctic Security – Resources, Energy, the Environment, Climate Change, Regional Development and Regional Security Complexes

Organized by the Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security 26. August 2016

Sunday, October 9, 16:30-18:30

LocationBjörtuloft, Harpa Fifth Level

This session will discuss on the one hand, special features of Arctic security such as environmental security and how climate change could test theories of resource competition, and on the other hand, it will reveal the scalar politics of Arctic security.

The Thematic Network (TN) on Geopolitics and Security will, again, organize an international academic expert panel on “Security of the Arctic” including three breakout sessions with themes from theorizing and unilateralizing Arctic security and national security and military policies to redefining the new nexus of Arctic security. Security will be discussed theoretically and holistically from many angles and disciplinary approaches, as well as in global, national, regional and pan-Arctic contexts. Each session will accommodate 4-5 speakers from all over the Arctic region, among them are Jonathan Markowitz from the USA, Annika Nilsson from Sweden, Alexander Sergunin from Russia.

The session "(Re)Defining the New Nexus of Arctic Security – Resources, Energy, the Environment, Climate Change, Regional Development and Regional Security Complexes" will also discuss whether the Arctic could be considered as a regional Security Complex. Finally, Arctic marine governance will be discussed via two sub-regions, the Barents Sea area and the Pacific North.

Speakers:

  • Maria Lagutina, Professor, St. Petersburg State University: Environmental Conflicts in the Arctic: a Myth or Reality?
  • Jonathan N. Markowitz, Assistant Professor, School of International Relations, University of Southern California: Arctic Shock: Utilizing Climate Change to Test Theories of Resource Competition
  • Barbora Padrtová, PhD Student, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic: The Arctic Regional Security Complex? From Theory to Reality
  • “The Scalar Politics of Arctic Security”:
    • Annika E. Nilsson, Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute; Affiliated Faculty, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
    • Miyase Christensen, Professor of Media and Communicaiton Studies, Stockholm University; Guest Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Rasmus Bertelsen, Professor, University of Tromsø – Norway’s Arctic University: Two Cases of Arctic Marine Governance in the International System: the Barents Sea and the Pacific Arctic

Moderator: Lassi Heininen, Professor, University of Lapland, Finland