Open seminar: The Role of Non-Arctic States in Emerging Polar Security

Open seminar hosted by the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland and the Norwegian Embassy

Friday February 19 from 12:00 to 13:00 at Oddi 201, University of Iceland

Although talk of a ‘scramble for the Arctic’ by the international community has subsided over the past five years, interest in the region for its latent economic and strategic benefits remains high among non-Arctic states. Several governments outside of the Arctic Circle have begun to widen and deepen their regional interests and publish comprehensive policies on Arctic engagement. The ‘internationalization’ of the Arctic has therefore pushed the question of how to define circumpolar security to the forefront, especially since many non-Arctic strategic issues have spilled over into the Arctic in recent years, including great power competition, energy security, and economic and maritime concerns. These events have produced two potentially conflicting trends in Arctic security, namely the moves to define the Arctic as a distinct security region, while at the same time tying many Arctic strategic issues to those found ‘South of the Circle’.

Marc Lanteigne is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo and an affiliated Researcher at the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík.

Moderator: Kristinn Schram, Assistant Professor of Folkloristics/Ethnology

The seminar will take place in English and is open to all.