The Arctic as a Venue for U.S. and Asian Cooperation with Russia

Organized by RAND Corporation 4. August 2016

Tensions between Russia and the U.S. have deepened since the annexation of Crimea in 2014. The Arctic, however, has remained a relative bright spot for cooperation between the two states.

The Arctic Council provides a forum for bilateral and broader multilateral dialogue between Russia and the West on issues such as search and rescue coordination, oil spill prevention, and black carbon mitigation. At the same time, as U.S. and E.U. sanctions and the drop in the price of oil have continued to take their toll on the Russian energy sector, Russia has turned towards East Asian states, particularly China and South Korea, for financing and infrastructure.

In light of these developments, this session considers whether the Arctic Council will remain a viable arena for cooperation between Russia and the West and whether Russia really is making an eastern turn, even in the Arctic.

RAND Corporation