Struggle for the Arctic: Climate Change, Economy, Security

What Happens in the Arctic Affects Everyone
Panels and Discussions

Climate changes in the Arctic, where temperature rises three to seven times faster than in the rest of the world, depending on location, with subsequent melting of glaciers and permafrost, will have consequences in Europe and the rest of the planet.

Melting ice in the High North is opening new economic possibilities, from deep sea mining to new commercial sea routes, both with unknown environmental consequences.

The Russo-Ukrainian War and subsequent suspension of Russia from scientific projects and the most important regional organisation, the Arctic Council, initiated a new geopolitical struggle for the Arctic, with China playing a prominent role, aided by Russia, which occupies more than 50% of the Arctic.

These developments in the High North have consequences for the rest of Europe, “What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic” is often repeated by Arctic experts.

The European Contexts event offered an overview of the most significant developments.


Please find more details about the event and the speakers here

9:00-9:10 Welcome Greetings
Daniela Kraus, Presseclub Concordia
Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures (IWM)
Mirjana Tomić, Fjum/Presseclub Concordia.

Climate Change, New Economic Opportunities, and Their Environmental Impact
Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Professor of Northern Studies, Barents Chair in Politics at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway (Tromsø).
Russia’s Plans for the Arctic and Their Environmental Consequences
Ksenia Vakhrusheva, Russian environmental expert and activist, engineer and economist, project manager at the Bellona Foundation (Oslo).

Moderator: Mirjana Tomić

10:30-10:50 Networking Coffee

Glaciers, Permafrost, Snow, and Sea Ice. Cryosphere in the Climate System. Environmental Changes in the Arctic and Their Impact
Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir, professor of Glaciology at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, and one of the lead authors of Chapter 9 in the 6th assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Moderator: Mirjana Tomić
11:30-11:50: Networking Coffee

Geopolitical Struggle for the Arctic: Old and New Actors

Cristopher Robert Rossi, professor of international law and international relations at the Arctic University of Norway (University of Tromsø).

Moderator: Ivan Vejvoda


Panel presentations (and introduction) followed by Q&A


European Contexts partners: ERSTE Foundation, Presseclub Concordia, Europe’s Futures (IWM) and Fjum

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