15 November 2018
Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow

Roundtable on Arctic security and sovereignty held at the Russian International Affairs Council

The Russian International Affairs Council is a non-profit academic and diplomatic think tank established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Education and Science, Russian Academy of Science, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and Russian news agency Interfax.

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In November 2018, the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) organized a round table on the ratio between security issues and cooperation within interaction of states in the Arctic region.

Lassi Heininen, Professor at University of Lapland, Senior Research Scholar at IIASA, and AFI Core Group chair, gave a keynote report at the event. The event was mediated by Timur Makhmutov, RIAC Deputy Director of Programs and AFI Core Group member. The event participants included representatives of analytical centers dealing with Arctic issues, also AFI Core Group member Alexander Pelyasov.

The lively discussion included the impact of climate change on the interaction of states in the Arctic, the development of new mechanisms for intergovernmental relations based on the experience of Arctic cooperation, prospects for the development of national sovereignty of the Arctic states in the context of increasing globalization, and increasing interest of non-regional players in international projects in the Arctic.

More information on RIAC

RIAC is a non-profit academic and diplomatic think tank established by the resolution of its founders pursuant to presidential decree in 2010.

RIAC activities are aimed at strengthening peace, friendship and solidarity among peoples, preventing international conflicts and promoting conflict resolution and crisis settlement.

RIAC operates as a link between the state, scholarly community, business, and civil society in an effort to find foreign policy solutions to complex conflict issues. RIAC acts as the public diplomacy tool of Russia.

RIAC is led by Igor Sergeyevich Ivanov, former Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and the President of the Russian International Affairs Council, and Andrey Kortunov, Director General.

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