Valdai Club to Discuss International Security and Cooperation in the Arctic
List of speakers

On June 10, at 18:00 Moscow time (GMT+3), the Valdai Discussion Club and the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs will hold a closed-door seminar, titled “International Security and Cooperation in the Arctic: A New Agenda”, which opens a series of joint seminars on the general topic “The Arctic: Security, Climate, Energy, Regional Policy”.

The series of seminars will result in a joint report by the Valdai Club and the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs; work is also underway on a study on relations between the states in the Arctic.

The period when the Arctic was called the territory of cooperation has long passed away. Militarisation processes are proceeding at a rapid pace, which, given the geography of the region, can seriously change the strategic position of the opposing sides. The growing role of the Arctic in the global economy has attracted the attention of new players, including China. An Arctic triangle is forming before our eyes, which includes the USA, Russia and China. Their capabilities, ambitions and diplomatic potential will determine the future of the region.

How will relations between countries develop within the Arctic triangle? What role will China play in Russian-American relations in the Arctic? What are the opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation between Russia and China, and what are the contradictions and threats facing their further rapprochement in the Arctic? What role will the Arctic Council play in the future of Arctic cooperation? Does this organisation solve the problems of military security in the region? The participants will answer these and other questions.

The following persons were invited to participate in the closed-door seminar: Sergey Karaganov, Dean of the Faculty of World Politics of the Higher School of Economics, Honorary Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy; Anastasia Likhacheva, Director of the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies,  Higher School of Economics; Vasily Kashin, Senior Research Fellow at the Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies; Lassie Heinen, Professor at the University of Lapland; Chairman of the Coordinating Committee of the Northern Research Forum; Alexander Sergunin, Professor at the Department of World Political Processes, MGIMO; Pavel Gudev, Leading Researcher at IMEMO RAS; Andreas Østhagen, Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute; Jeremy Tasch, Professor at Towson University; Dmitry Suslov, Deputy Director of the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, Higher School of Economics; Ilya Stepanov, Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, Deputy Head of the Laboratory for Climate Change Economics, HSE. 

The discussion will be moderated by Fyodor Lukyanov, Research Director of the Valdai Discussion Club.