In the past few months, the topic of Arctic security has become more visible in the wake of American debates about increased Russian and Chinese economic and strategic activities in the circumpolar north. After a difficult Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council this month in Rovaniemi, splits in the organisation over the challenge of climate change and the prospect of the militarisation of the Arctic have been pushed to the forefront of regional discourse. Yet where does the region go from here? What are are the challenges the Arctic will now face not only in terms of geopolitics but also on the level of communities and individuals?
A new podcast, as part of the Opinion Peace series published by the Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) at UiT: The Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø, examines these questions. The podcast was hosted by Benjamin Schaller (Ph.D. Candidate and Research Fellow at CPS). The discussants were Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv (Professor, Centre for Peace Studies), Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen (Professor and Barents Chair in Politics at the Department of Social Sciences) and Marc Lanteigne (Associate Professor in Political Science, and editor of OtC) who all spoke about different approaches to Arctic security as well the potential for hardening political stances within the Arctic Council.
‘What is Arctic Security?‘, [via Soundcloud], 14 May 2019.