Arctic News Roundup: 28 March – 3 April

Winter in Helsinki [Photo by Ilya Panasenko via Unsplash]

by Mingming Shi

1) Tampere University in Finland is seeking a Ukrainian doctoral researcher for a one-year doctoral position, someone who is unable to continue their work in Ukraine due to the war. As well, the Arctic Center of University of Lapland is also advertising two post-doctoral positions on International Relations and International Law. Good luck!

2) The University of Faroe Islands is hosting a virtual conference on ‘Peace in Our Time? Security in the North Atlantic and Arctic Region‘, on 7 April. This conference features discussions about security challenges and political issues such as geopolitics in the Arctic, especially given the regional tensions caused by the recent Ukraine conflict. Please refer to the link above for registration.

3) The Greenlandic news agency KNR reported that the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, Bárður á Steig Nielsen, and his counterpart of Greenland, Múte B. Egede, stated in a press conference during Nielsen’s visit to Greenland last week, that both nations would strengthen their relations in four major aspects, namely fisheries, education, streamlining public administration and defence & security policy.

4) As many countries in Europe, including most recently Lithuania, have halted purchases of Russian fossil fuels to protest the invasion of Ukraine, The Economist reports on how Moscow is seeking alternative buyers, including China and India. However, with those two markets being much further away in comparison with European partners, there is likely to still be a significant short-term disruption in Russia’s oil and gas sector, as the report suggests.

5) According to YLE, a local public media company in Finland, ongoing sanctions, including on global payment systems, between the West and Russia have also had an impact on Russian students in Finland, where it is difficult for them to continue receiving financial aid from home. In addition, Russia is facing a accelerating ‘brain drain’ from the country due to the war, as many overseas Russian scholars are unwilling to return home under the current political circumstances.