Arms race, arms control and disarmament in the Arctic – Russian-US dialogue

Organized by NRF-UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security 13. September 2017

In security studies, there are discourses, premises and paradigms of security, as well as discussion who are the subjects of security. When it comes to the Arctic region there are on the one hand, heavy Russian and US military (nuclear weapon) structures, and the other hand, special features of security, e.g. nuclear safety and other environmental impacts by the military, as well as ‘new’ security threats, e.g. long-range pollution and climate change threatening human security. 

Friday, October 13, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Háaloft, Eighth Level


In spite of this, there in the Arctic is high geopolitical stability based on resilient international and interregional cooperation between the Arctic states and globally, which is a precondition for environmental protection, sustainable development and regional security. If the Arctic became ‘militarized’ in the Cold War, the post-Cold War security nexus of the Arctic is ‘environmentalized’ by growing concern on the environment. This session will discuss on the military policies and defense strategies of the Russian Federation and the U.S.A. the post-Cold War Arctic, and modernization of them. It will also discuss comprehensive and regional security via border management.


  • Michael T. Corgan, Associate professor, Pardee School at Boston University: America First or Arctic first: Changing US Priorities for the Arctic
  • Nikita Lomagin, Professor, European University in St. Petersburg: Russia's Security-Policy in the Arctic
  • Alexander Sergunin, Professor, St. Petersburg State University: The Changing Role of Military Power in the High North
  • Karen Everett, PhD Candidate, Trent University, Ontario: North American Arctic Border Management as a Strategy for Comprehensive Regional Security? 


  • Raimo Väyrynen, Professor, University of Lapland