Arctic Security: Unilateralizing Arctic Security – National Security, Military Policies, Defense Strategies, and State Sovereignty in the Globalized Arctic

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

Saturday, October 8, 17:15-18:45

Location: Silfurberg A, Harpa Second Level

This session will discuss national security and military policies, and defense strategies of the Arctic states, as well as militarization of the Arctic as a part of the region’s geopolitics.

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 "Unilateralizing Arctic Security – National Security, Military Policies, Defense Strategies, and State Sovereignty in the Globalized Arctic" will also look at the Arctic and Arctic security from the point of view of a ‘win-win’ approach and through the lenses of China’s developing views.

Speakers:

  • Valery Konyshev, Professor, Saint Petersburg State University: Russian Expert Community about Military Threats to Russia’s Security in the Arctic: Implications of the Ukrainian crisis
  • Mike Corgan, Associate Professor, University of Boston: Arctic Climate and the US Political Climate
  • Arttu Koskinen, University of Lapland, Finland: Tradition of Neutrality in the Finnish Security and Defence Policy after the Cold War
  • Marc Lanteigne, Senior Research Fellow (Asia), the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs: Looking for ‘Win-Win’: China’s Developing Views of Arctic Multilateralism
  • Sandra Maria Rodrigues Balão, Researcher, Universidade de Lisboa: The Militarization of the Arctic, the Nordic Military Pact and the 21st Century Arctic Geostrategic Game

Moderator: Alexander Sergunin, Professor, Saint-Petersburg State University