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Political Framework of Cooperation in the Arctic Region
Political Framework of Cooperation in the Arctic Region
Key questions:
Key questions:
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The role of the Arctic Council
The role of the Arctic Council
The Arctic-5 group
The Arctic-5 group
The Arctic-5 group
The Arctic-5 group
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
The Arctic region under transition
Russias role in the Arctic region
Russias role in the Arctic region
Russian expedition-2007
Russian expedition-2007
Russias flag on the North Pole
Russias flag on the North Pole
The Russian polar expedition in 2007
The Russian polar expedition in 2007
Reaction of other Arctic states
Reaction of other Arctic states
Political Framework of Cooperation in the Arctic Region
Political Framework of Cooperation in the Arctic Region
Shall we expect an Arctic race for natural resources and territories
Shall we expect an Arctic race for natural resources and territories
Or the polar states will eventually come to a common ground
Or the polar states will eventually come to a common ground
Militarization of the Arctic region
Militarization of the Arctic region
Militarization of the Arctic region
Militarization of the Arctic region
Militarization of the Arctic region
Militarization of the Arctic region
Militarization of the Arctic region
Militarization of the Arctic region
Russias Arctic strategy
Russias Arctic strategy
Russias Arctic strategy
Russias Arctic strategy
Europe with a strong efficient center (Brussels)
Europe with a strong efficient center (Brussels)
Europe with influential regional centers (Paris, Berlin, London,
Europe with influential regional centers (Paris, Berlin, London,
Competition among Northern, Eastern and Arctic dimensions (role of
Competition among Northern, Eastern and Arctic dimensions (role of
Europe as a zone of conflict
Europe as a zone of conflict
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Political Framework of Cooperation in the Arctic Region

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1 Political Framework of Cooperation in the Arctic Region

Political Framework of Cooperation in the Arctic Region

2 Key questions:

Key questions:

The Arctic region under transition Future scenarios for Northern Europe, Arctic region and Russia

3 The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region under transition

Arctic region is still under construction. In a narrow context, it consists of 5 polar countries (the Arctic-5 group). In a broader context, it unites 8 countries of the Arctic Council (AC) plus other interested participants EU, NATO.

4 The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region under transition

We can also include the third interested group of countries China, Japan, United Kingdom, etc. But the main players are USA, Canada, Russia, Norway and Denmark.

5 The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region has become subject to territorial disputes of the littoral states, the majority of which are members of the Northern Dimension initiative, including the Russian Federation. However, only a part of the enormous Arctic space is institutionally covered by the Northern Dimension networks, with the US and Canada pursuing their own Arctic strategies.

6 The role of the Arctic Council

The role of the Arctic Council

The political role of the Arctic Council is rather small. It does not pretend to solve urgent political issues or to address territorial disputes. At the same time the Arctic Council has a strong position in question like nature protection, rights of indigenous people, etc.

7 The Arctic-5 group

The Arctic-5 group

The political role of the Arctic-5 group is stronger, but it still does not have a formal status. In spring 2008 Greenland hosted the first international conference of the polar states the US, Russia, Canada, Norway and Denmark. The participants agreed to consider the region a vulnerable ecological area, but did not find a common ground on territorial issues.

8 The Arctic-5 group

The Arctic-5 group

They sighed in 2008 the Ilulissat Declaration, which states that international law and the Law of the Sea is the foundation for relations in the region. In 2010 the 5 Arctic states met again in Chelsea (Canada), to find a balance between economical and ecological interests.

9 The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region under transition

The main problem of the Arctic region there is no fundamental international agreement on the Arctic region. Meanwhile, the current Arctic race raises a question of a future model of interaction on the huge Arctic space, its border delimitation, juridical status, etc. The major obstacles different approaches of polar states towards the Arctic region, the clash of their respective interests, and the lack of mutual confidence as well.

10 The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region under transition

The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982) is widely recognized by the majority of polar states (with the exception of the USA). As a result, the polar states prefer to act individually, without a regional consensus. They also prefer to stress the importance of the Arctic region in terms of national security Politization of problems Militarization of the region Revival of cold war perceptions

11 The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region under transition

However, good news is that some polar states recently signed bilateral agreements (Canada-Denmark, Russia-Norway). In April 2010 Russia and Norway signed an agreement on border delimitation in the Barents Sea.

12 The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region under transition

The problems of the Arctic region require a certain desecuritization. The term desecuritization refers to the experts from the Copenhagen school of international relations (Barry Buzan, Ole Waever). Only if interested states stop to regard every issue of the Arctic agenda a security issue, they can succeed in establishing a multilateral dialog on Arctic issues.

13 The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region has a considerable potential of crude hydrocarbons: oil (about 7% of world reserves) and gas (about 26% of world reserves). At the same time, the Arctic ice is melting faster than expected before (40% during a period from 1970 till 2007).

14 The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region under transition

On the one hand, polar states cannot agree on division of the outer borders of the continental shelf. On the other hand, development of transport networks (cross-polar flights, Northern Sea Route), nature protection, fishing industry in the Arctic region seam to be not less important than oil and gas extraction.

15 The Arctic region under transition

The Arctic region under transition

16 Russias role in the Arctic region

Russias role in the Arctic region

The geological and geophysical exploration maturity of the RF continental shelf as regards the number of drilled wells and seismic grid spacing is to date tens and hundreds times poorer than that in Norway, Denmark, Brazil, etc.

17 Russian expedition-2007

Russian expedition-2007

The starting point Russian polar expedition in 2007, which provoked a wide international response.

18 Russias flag on the North Pole

Russias flag on the North Pole

19 The Russian polar expedition in 2007

The Russian polar expedition in 2007

The Russian expedition had a challenging task to prove that the Lomonosov and Alpha-Mendeleev Arctic Ridges were part of the Eurasian continental shelf, i.e. the continuation of the Siberian Platform. Moscow was determined to prove this case in the UN expert commissions. In case of success, Russia could extend its continental shelf borders up to 1.2 million km and thus take control over large deposits of oil and gas.

20 Reaction of other Arctic states

Reaction of other Arctic states

This isn't the 15th century. You can't go around the world and just plant flags and say, we're claiming this territory. The Canadian foreign minister, Peter MacKay The first principle of Arctic sovereignty is: use it or lose it Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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22 Shall we expect an Arctic race for natural resources and territories

Shall we expect an Arctic race for natural resources and territories

23 Or the polar states will eventually come to a common ground

Or the polar states will eventually come to a common ground

24 Militarization of the Arctic region

Militarization of the Arctic region

Since 2007 the majority of the polar countries have announced plans to deploy limited military forces in the Arctic region to defend zone of their economic interests. In the meantime NATO has also announced its interests in the security sphere of the Arctic region. In January 2009 in Reykjavik the North Atlantic officials held a seminar on security threats in the Arctic space. The EU officials unexpectedly used the rhetoric of the cold war and strongly criticized Russia for its Arctic endeavors.

25 Militarization of the Arctic region

Militarization of the Arctic region

In March 2008 the High representative for the CFSP of the EU Javier Solana acknowledged that European countries should be prepared for a conflict with Russia over the Arctic energy resources.

26 Militarization of the Arctic region

Militarization of the Arctic region

In February 2009 the Nordic Council announced plans to form Nordic Task forces with a mission of monitoring the situation in the Arctic region and performing crisis management, air surveillance and satellite cooperation.

27 Militarization of the Arctic region

Militarization of the Arctic region

Former Norwegian foreign minister Thorvald Stoltenberg spoke in favor of armed forces capable of protecting the interests of the Nordic Council member states in northern territories. As expected, troops from Sweden, Norway and Denmark will become the core element of the future task forces.

28 Russias Arctic strategy

Russias Arctic strategy

At the Russian Security Council meeting in September 2008 President Medvedev set the task to transform the Arctic region into Russias resource base and delimitate its continental shelf borders. At the same session The Basis of Russias National Policy in the Arctic Region for the Period up to 2020 and in the Longer Term were adopted as a strategy that would shape Russias policy in the Arctic region.

29 Russias Arctic strategy

Russias Arctic strategy

But the economic recession has suspended the realization of the Russian ambitious plans. The Russian application to a UN committee about shelf delimitation has been postponed till 2011-2012, geological research of the Arctic region has been frozen, and the creation of the Russian Arctic security forces was put in question.

30 Europe with a strong efficient center (Brussels)

Europe with a strong efficient center (Brussels)

In this model Northern Europe and the Baltic countries stay in the periphery of European politics (semi-insiders); integration dominates over regionalization

Russia plays the role of external partner (outsider), which can be member of some preferential treaties (close-outsider)

Role of Northern Europe

Role of Russia in the North-European region

31 Europe with influential regional centers (Paris, Berlin, London,

Europe with influential regional centers (Paris, Berlin, London,

Stockholm, Warsaw)

Northern Europe will maintain its specific character and develop Nordic cooperation (semi-insider vs. semi-outsider); regionalization dominates over integration.

Russia is an external force, but plays a significant role in regional projects (semi-outsider)

Role of Northern Europe

Role of Russia in the North-European region

32 Competition among Northern, Eastern and Arctic dimensions (role of

Competition among Northern, Eastern and Arctic dimensions (role of

Brussels is insufficient)

A possible result is a merger of dimensions with a further consolidation of the Nordic countries and the Baltic states. A Baltic Union can be established to be in charge of economic integration and security threats.

Russia will eventually leave the Northern Dimension and remain an external partner of the Baltic Union; cross-border cooperation between Russia, Norway and Canada within the Arctic dimension.

Role of Northern Europe

Role of Russia in the North-European region

33 Europe as a zone of conflict

Europe as a zone of conflict

Europe is split over the Arctic resources. Northern countries create a new military alliance to secure their economic interests. Bilateral relations dominate over regionalization.

Possible participation of Russia in conflicts over the Arctic resources.

Role of Northern Europe

Role of Russia in the North-European region

34 Thank you for attention

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