The Arctic is occupying an increasingly important position in connectivity between Asia and the Nordic-Baltic countries. This is not least because climate change opens up new economic opportunities to make use of the region’s vast resources and develop the northern transport routes. Along with possibilities, the need to ensure peaceful, norms-based and environmentally sustainable development in the Arctic region poses a complex challenge. Major powers have strategic interests at stake in the region, and great-power competition, especially between Russia and the United States but increasingly also China, is tightening. While geoeconomic competition is gathering speed, and environmental and human-rights concerns are on the rise, (hard) security issues have also returned to the discussions on the Arctic. Is the Arctic destined to become a battleground for geostrategic competition, or can connectivity and economic geography also drive forward integration and cooperation to the benefit of major powers and the Nordic-Baltic countries alike?
This seminar is also a book launch event for the publication “Nordic-Baltic connectivity with Asia via the Arctic: Assessing opportunities and risks”. You can download and read the publication here.
Elisabeth Bauer, Director of the Office for the Baltic Countries, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Introduction of key findings of the book:
Kristi Raik, Director, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS)
Bart Gaens, Leading Research Fellow, FIIA
Harri Mikkola, Leading Research Fellow, FIIA
Helge Blakkisrud, Senior Researcher, Research Group on Russia, Asia and International Trade, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
Frank Jüris, Research Fellow, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS)
Yulia Yamineva, Senior Researcher, University of Eastern Finland Law School