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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Uncertain collaborations with Russia in the Arctic

April 15th, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Uncertain collaborations with Russia in the Arctic)

For the past five years the Arctic region has enjoyed a high level of cooperation not least because Russia has opted for collaboration with its Arctic neighbours. However, geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West have raised questions regarding the sustainability of that cooperation. The recent increase in Russia’s military activities in the Arctic have raised concerns over whether the Arctic can continue to be a ‘zone of peace and cooperation’ in the foreseeable future.

Read more in the publication: Russia and the Arctic: an end to cooperation? written by MASD researcher Ekaterina Klimenko. The essay is available at Sipris hompage. Klimenko March  15, 2015.

(In Swedish) Uppdrag granskning synar Pajalagruvan

April 1st, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in Publication - (Comments Off on (In Swedish) Uppdrag granskning synar Pajalagruvan)

(In Swedish) Uppdrag granskning, SVTs program för grävande journalistik, har intervjuat handläggare i Norrbotten om deras handläggning av de miljöärenden som rör den numera nedlagda gruvan  Northlands Resources. Läs mer på Länsstyrelsen i Norrbottens hemsida.

New book on sustainable development in northern regions

January 28th, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on New book on sustainable development in northern regions)

January 27th the e-book “Sustainable Development in the Circumpolar North. From Tana, Norway to Oktemtsy, Yakutia, Russia”, co-edited by Greg Halseth, Co-director of the Community Development Institute at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada, was launched. The book provides practical strategies and tools for successfully dealing with the challenges and opportunities presented by the social and economic transformation being experienced in rural northern communities. Topics explored in the book include:

  • Youth, entrepreneurship and rural development, with a chapter that addresses how to create an innovative and entrepreneurial consciousness and identity among youth;
  • Sport, tourism and rural development, with chapters that look at the interface between different sections of the economy; and
  • Social and economic development in indigenous communities and religions, with chapters on the effects of industrial development and development challenges in indigenous communitie

The book is available online:

Sustainable development in the circumpolar North. From Tana, Norway to Oktemtsy, Yakutia, Russia

Sustainable growth in the Scandinavian Arctic – report of an independent expert group

January 21st, 2015 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Sustainable growth in the Scandinavian Arctic – report of an independent expert group)

Norway, Sweden and Finland share common economic, environmental and social interests in the Scandinavian Arctic. This report, a co-production of an expert group set up by the Prime Ministers of Norway, Sweden and Finland in April 2014, defines four drivers of growth and offers four instruments for the Governments of Norway, Sweden and Finland to use to secure sustainable economic growth in the North. Growth from the North

Sami mining policy available in English

November 13th, 2014 | Posted by Lena Maria Nilsson in News - (Comments Off on Sami mining policy available in English)

To clarify the standpoint of the Swedish Sami Parliament on how the natural resources within Sápmi shall be managed and especially in relationship to minerals mining, a strategy has been produced. It was adopted by the Plenary Assembly in Åre, Sweden on 20 May 2014. The document is available in English at the Sami Parliament, and a summary of the document is published at the Sami Parliament Homepage.