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CSIS is renowned as the leading center of Arctic research in Washington. Through research projects and analyses, it has produced countless reports and hosted senior level discussions with Canadian, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, and U.S. officials on political, economic, and social development trends in the Arctic and their importance for the United States, Europe, and the transatlantic relationship. Its efforts have increased public debate on and awareness of Arctic issues among policymakers and research communities as well as timely recommendations on how U.S. policy and the international community should respond to changes in this dynamic region. CSIS’s research on the Arctic is conducted mainly by the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program and the Energy and National Security Program.

Find the latest research from our scholars and CSIS events on this region below.

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CSIS is renowned as the leading center of Arctic research in Washington. Through research projects and analyses, it has produced countless reports and hosted senior level discussions with Canadian, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, and U.S. officials on political, economic, and social development trends in the Arctic and their importance for the United States, Europe, and the transatlantic relationship. Its efforts have increased public debate on and awareness of Arctic issues among policymakers and research communities as well as timely recommendations on how U.S. policy and the international community should respond to changes in this dynamic region. CSIS’s research on the Arctic is conducted mainly by the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program and the Energy and National Security Program.

Find the latest research from our scholars and CSIS events on this region below.

    Security and Governance in a Changing Arctic: A Norwegian Perspective

    Security and Governance in a Changing Arctic: A Norwegian Perspective

    Please join us at CSIS for a conversation with Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Audun Halvorsen on Norway’s Arctic security strategy. For Arctic littoral states such as Norway, changing dynamics in the Arctic as a result of climate change and increased commercial activity will bring new challenges in the future. Deputy Foreign Minister Halvorsen will offer his perspectives on the effects of a shifting geopolitical climate on the Arctic and the implications for Norwegian foreign and security policy, for NATO efforts to enhance deterrence and defense in the High North and North Atlantic, and for Arctic governance.  Mr. Halvorsen previously served as a Political Advisor to the Minister of Defense and a Political Advisor to the Conservative Party Parliamentary Group.



    This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

     

    • 49 min
    A Conversation with U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan on Defending the Arctic

    A Conversation with U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan on Defending the Arctic

    Please join us for an in-depth conversation with Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support on the Senate Armed Services Committee, to discuss the recent release of the June 2019 Department of Defense Arctic Strategy. Is the United States appropriately resourced and positioned for Russia’s increased military presence in the Arctic as well as a growing Chinese economic and scientific presence? Or has the United States accepted that it will be limited in its future options to access the Arctic, in an era when U.S. forces and readiness are stretched and future defense budgets are uncertain? Current U.S. strategies suggest that the Arctic region does not make the geopolitical cut for the U.S., despite compelling arguments to the contrary. If correct, what are the long-term implications for U.S. national security? What hard budget and capability choices must be made for the U.S. to remain a relevant security actor in the Arctic?

    • 55 min
    Back to the Future: The Geopolitical Centrality of the North Atlantic and Arctic

    Back to the Future: The Geopolitical Centrality of the North Atlantic and Arctic

    Please join us on Wednesday, May 16 for a conversation with H.E. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland. Iceland sits at a critical geostrategic position for both NATO and the transatlantic community: an entry point the North Atlantic and adjacent to the Arctic Circle. With NATO's recent commitment to create an Atlantic Command and as the alliance prepares for its July Summit in Brussels and upcoming Trident Juncture exercise in Norway, Iceland will play a key role in maintaining a secure North Atlantic. Minister Thórdarson will also speak to Iceland's priorities as the next Chair of the Arctic Council, as well as China's growing economic influence in the North.

    This event is made possible by generous support from the Stuart Family Foundation.

    • 55 min
    The Arctic of the Future: Strategic Pursuit or Great Power Miscalculation?

    The Arctic of the Future: Strategic Pursuit or Great Power Miscalculation?

    Please join us for a rich half-day discussion on the geostrategic and geo-economic future of the Arctic. In a moderated “exit interview,” the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, will discuss his active public advocacy for and interagency pursuit of securing greater U.S. capabilities and readiness for a rapidly changing Arctic, as well as offer some thoughts on the overall trajectory of the Coast Guard’s future mission in the polar regions. Subsequent panels will closely examine Russia’s future economic and security ambitions in the Arctic as well as address the key drivers of future economic growth and the forces that are shaping these new economic dynamics.

    Agenda

    8:15 a.m. - Registration and Coffee

    8:45 a.m. - Keynote Address: The Exit Interview

    Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

    9:15 a.m. - Panel I: The Arctic Superpower: Factors Shaping Russia's Arctic Policy

    Dr. Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

    Dr. Julie Wilhelmsen, Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

    Dr. Pavel K. Baev, Research Professor, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

    Moderated by: Ms. Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Stuart Center, CSIS

    10:30 a.m. - Coffee Break

    10:45 a.m. - Panel II: The Polar Silk Road, the Blue Economy, and Other Arctic Drivers

    Dr. Jakub M. Godzimirski, Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

    Dr. Anne-Marie Brady, Professor, University of Canterbury (via VTC)

    Mr. Tero Vauraste, President and CEO, Arctia Ltd.; Chair, Arctic Economic Council

    Ms. Kristina Wolston, Vice President, External Relations, Quintillion

    Moderated by: Ms. Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Stuart Center, CSIS

    12:00 p.m. -  Event Concludes

    This conversation is made possible by support from The Research Council of Norway.

    • 3 hr 15 min
    China’s Polar Push: A Conversation with Marc Lanteigne

    China’s Polar Push: A Conversation with Marc Lanteigne

    This episode focuses on China’s increasing diplomatic and scientific activity in the Arctic, and comes as China has released its first Arctic policy White Paper, which outline an ambitious “Polar Silk Road” plan and defines China as a near-Arctic state. Our guest, Marc Lanteigne, joins us to discuss the history of Chinese involvement in the Arctic and in which areas China is ramping up its activities in the region, particularly in the shaping of norms and economic development. Dr. Lanteigne explains how each of the Arctic Council members views China’s approach and how the United States and others should prepare to manage relations as the Chinese regional presence continues to grow.
     
    Dr. Marc Lanteigne is a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies in the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University in New Zealand. His research focuses on the foreign and domestic politics of China as well as the international relations and non-traditional security of Northeast Asia, Oceania and the polar regions.

    • 29 min
    Global Leaders Forum: Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

    Global Leaders Forum: Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

    Please join us on Wednesday, February 7 for a timely conversation with Mr. Timo Soini, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland. As Finland's chairmanship of the Arctic Council approaches the one year mark, Minister Soini will provide an update on Finland's priorities, including environmental protection, strengthening connectivity, meteorological cooperation, and education. A critical partner of the United States in the High North, Finland continues to explore the Arctic's economic potential and advocate for the region's sustainable development, while also assuring the protection of the climate and ecosystems. Minister Soini will also discuss the increasing engagement of non-Arctic states in Arctic cooperation.



    This conversation is made possible by support from the Stuart Family Foundation.

    • 57 min

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