Arctic governance in focus in a new report from SIPRI

March 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Arctic governance in focus in a new report from SIPRI)

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Mistra Arctic researchers are involved in a new SIPRI report called “The New Arctic Governance”. In a press release from SIPRI the book is described like this:

“At a time when many regions of the world are facing growing confrontation and even conflict, the authors consider whether the experience of fashioning multilateral, cooperative and peaceful governance in the Arctic offers lessons to other parts of the world? Looking ahead, the volume is designed to explore the sustainability of current governance trends in the Arctic. To what extent is cooperation in the Arctic the result of issues specific to the region today? Are current relationships and institutions durable in the light of emerging competition and even confrontation between key Arctic players elsewhere in the world? What steps might be taken to consolidate cooperation as the central political and security dynamic in the Arctic?”

Both editors Linda Jakobson and Neil Melvin are engaged in Mistra Arctic, as well as Ekaterina Klimenko, one of the authors. Read more!

Ny-Ålesund in focus in a recent PhD thesis by Mistra Arctic’s Eric Paglia

February 1st, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Ny-Ålesund in focus in a recent PhD thesis by Mistra Arctic’s Eric Paglia)

January 22 Eric Paglia defended his thesis: The Northward Course of the Anthropocene: Transformation, Temporality and Telecoupling in a Time of Environmental Crisis.

“Several dissertation themes were observed in practice at the international science community of Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard, where global change is made visible through a concentration of scientific activity. Ny-Ålesund is furthermore a place of geopolitics, where extra-regional states attempt to enhance their legitimacy as Arctic stakeholders through the performance of scientific research undertakings, participation in governance institutions, and by establishing a physical presence in the Far North. This dissertation concludes that this small and remote community represents an Anthropocene node of global environmental change, Earth system science, emergent global governance, geopolitics, and stakeholder construction in an increasingly telecoupled world.”

Here is a link to a complete summary of the thesis. And here is the full text version.

 

Mistra Arctic researcher contributes to a new book on the changing Arctic and the European Union

January 12th, 2016 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Mistra Arctic researcher contributes to a new book on the changing Arctic and the European Union)

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Mistra Arctic researcher Lize-Marie Van der Watt is the main author of a chapter in the new book: The Changing Arctic and the European Union, edited by Adam Stępień, Timo Koivurova and Paula Kankaanpää.

Peter Sköld participates in a COP21 side-event

December 4th, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Peter Sköld participates in a COP21 side-event)

Peter Sköld, Arcum, Umeå, participates as a lecturer  in Arctic lessons – a side event to the COP21 meeting i Paris. Arctic lessons is hosted by the Arctic University of Tromsö (UiT), together with partners from Aarhus University, Umeå University, Univesity of Iceland and University of Lapland. The event takes place at the COP21 venue, Observer Room 03, Saturday, December 5th, 15.00-16.30. Read more on UiTs homepage.

Here is a teaser for Peter Sköld’s lecture!

 

Urban Wråkberg professor in Northern Studies

September 1st, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Urban Wråkberg professor in Northern Studies)

Urban Wråkberg, senior researcher in Mistra Arctic’s work package 4 (WP4), has recently been appointed professor in Northern Studies at University of Tromsö (UiT) – the Arctic University of Norway.

Urban Wråkberg conducts research on social, political and scientific issues of the north, with a focus on the Euroarctic and the Barents Region. He has published in English, Swedish, Norwegian, and Russian on the history of polar research in Scandinavia, on the socio-economic context of northern technoscience, on arctic geopolitics, and on indigenous traditional knowledge. He analyzes theories and practices of sustainability, and undertakes applied research on economic growth and northern regional and industrial development.

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Geopolitical and sustainability issues related to the global supply and demand of iron and copper

August 26th, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Geopolitical and sustainability issues related to the global supply and demand of iron and copper)

This SEI Discussion Brief provides an overview of geopolitical and sustainability issues related to the global supply and demand of iron and copper.

The European Arctic holds an abundance of mineral resources and mining activities have intensified in the past decade, driven mainly by increased global demand linked to rapid expansion of the Chinese economy. Future demand of iron and copper will be driven by further economic development in countries that are in the process of industrializing, where iron is linked to initial industrial and building infrastructure while copper demand generally peaks at a later phase of economic development.  The global supply or key minerals will be governed by a combination of factors, where sustainability issues related to water and energy access and to social license to operate are increasingly important. With big powerful market players, such as China, the market is also likely to be affected by geopolitical interests.

PDF: sei-db-north-europe-minerals

MASD researcher describes industrial heritage in the Antarctic

May 19th, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on MASD researcher describes industrial heritage in the Antarctic)

Vetandets värld is sending a program today entitled “60 års valslakt vid Antarktis”, at 12.10 on P1. The program includes an interview with MASD researcher Dag Avango about research on natural resources and geopolitics in the polar regions. The research project included two field work campaigns in the Antarctic in 2009 and 2010, funded by Vetenskapsrådet, which are discussed in the program.

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/546533?programid=412

The story about abanndonned wale industy heritage in the Antarctic has a significant relevance on Avangos present studies on abandonned mines in the Arctic within the MASD programme.

The program will be available for download from the SR website.

Russian International Affairs publish analysis by MASD researcher

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Russian International Affairs publish analysis by MASD researcher)

If the United States wants to fulfil all the three declared goals and hold high-level meetings, considerable efforts will need to be exerted by all the members of the Arctic Council, especially Russia. It will be difficult, for example, to implement the agreement on search and rescue and Arctic Ocean oil spill response without close cooperation with Russia. Large-scale exercises would lose much of their value without Russia’s participation. Furthermore, to advance such important issues as environmental protection and climate change, the Arctic should remain a stable and peaceful region. The introduction of new long-term priorities calls for a consensus, which is hard to achieve in an atmosphere of mistrust and tensions.

This is one of the conclusions in the essay, which can be read at the homepage of Russian International Affairs in English and Russian.

MASD experts visit Umeå: Future of the Arctic

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on MASD experts visit Umeå: Future of the Arctic)

Monday May 27th, Stockholm MASD researchers Ekaterina Klimenko (SIPRI) and Annika E Nilsson (SEI)  visit Umeå University to participate in a seminar on security issues in the Arctic, together with Umeå MASD researchers Niklas Eklund and Lize-Marie Van der Watt. The seminar is arranged by  the Association of International Affairs at Umeå University (Utrikespolitiska föreningen).

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Does the Ukraine crisis affect new leadership in the Arctic?

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Does the Ukraine crisis affect new leadership in the Arctic?)

In a recent essay, MASD researcher Ekaterina Klimenko discusses how  five years of dynamic development, cooperation in the Arctic region is at risk of stumbling on the geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West.

The forthcoming chair USA needs to make a strategic choice: either it, along with other Arctic states, will pursue a policy around the intention to keep the Arctic a ‘zone of cooperation’ (which will require close collaboration and engagement with Russia), or it will seek to challenge Russia as part of the response to the Ukraine crisis and the Arctic cooperation will become a victim of the broader geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West.

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