Russia and the Arctic: Regional Perspectives

Organized by the University of Northern British Columbia 15. October 2015

This session shall look at forms of regional/international cooperation of Russia with other partners in the Arctic/the North Atlantic and Arctic developments within the Russian Federation.

By looking at some examples, topics of this session shall encompass key issues, recent trends and prospects of development of collaboration in the North/the North Atlantic, policies, migration and multi-ethnic relations, resources and existing challenges of development.


  • Rune Rafaelsen, Senior Fellow, Barents Secretariat, Kirkenes, Norway: Barents Cooperation: The Regional Perspective.
  • Birita i Dali, Candidate of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands and Nuuk, Greenland: Faroese-Russian Relations: Opportunities and Challenges.
  • H.E.Anton Vasiliev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Iceland: Russia’s Policy in the Arctic and Cooperation with Iceland.
  • Konstantin Zaikov, Director, Arctic Center for Strategic Studies, Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangelsk, Russia: Multi-ethnic Relations in the Russian Arctic: Prospects of Development.


  • Natalia Loukacheva, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Governance and Law / Associate Professor, University of Northern British Columbia