Seminar: Greenland and the High North on Tuesday, 13th September

The Institute of International Affairs and NEXUS, research forum on security and defense, will host a seminar about Greenland and the High North on Tuesday September 13th, at Lögberg 101 from 16:30 to 17.30 at the University of Iceland. The seminar is held in English and is open to all.

Rasmus Bertelson
 gives a lecture on North Atlantic Micro State Security Governance: Facing Structural, Natural and Political Challenges Historically, Today and in the Future.

This presentation will discuss structural, environmental and political challenges for security policy making in Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland historically, currently and in the future. It will discuss how structural, environmental and political conditions create public finance and administration dilemmas leading to a fundamental foreign and security policy challenge of how highly developed microstates with vast territories can design and implement effective security policies. The presentation will discuss the Icelandic historical case for future possibilities for the Faroe Islands and Greenland under expanding self-government.


Damien Degeorges gives a lecture on Greenland’s state-building and its consequences on Arctic geopolitics and energy security.

Iceland’s Western neighbor, Greenland, got the right to become independent since the Self Rule Act in 2009. The degree of independence of a potential Greenlandic state will depend of the time given to the current status in order to become mature. Independence requires a solid economy and a highly-qualified population – enormous challenges that take time. Failure to have a solid economy could bring foreign help to Greenland and have significant consequences on Arctic geopolitics and energy security, due to Greenland’s enormous potential of natural resources – particularly of Rare Earth Elements – and the territory’s strategic costal location in the Arctic.