The Arctic region is increasingly marked by geopolitical tensions. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022 has drastically altered the relationship with the West. Simultaneously, concerns arise regarding Chinas ‘neutral’ stance in the West-Russia axis and the broader implications for the US-China rivalry for the Arctic. 

February 2022 has forced EU to consider geopolitical development. This applies to the Arctic region as well, where the EU traditionally has focused its engagement on soft policy issues and the regional governments mechanisms. With the return of geopolitical tensions in Europe, what role can EU play in the dynamics of Arctic geopolitics? And what are their ambitions? 

Through two panel discussions, we will first provide an overview of the current geopolitical landscape in the region and its main actors before delving deeper into the present and future role of the EU in the Arctic. 

Programme: 

13:00 - 13:30 Registration 
13:30 - 13:45 Welcome + opening remarks   

13:45 - 15:00 Panel 1: Status of Geopolitics and Cooperation in the Arctic - What has Changed?    

  • Chaired by: Andreas Østhagen (Senior Researcher, Fridtjof Nansen Institute)   
  • Arild Moe (Research Professor, Fridtjof Nansen Institute)   
  • Kurt Engelen (Military Attaché at the Belgian Perm Rep to the EU) tbc  
  • Samu Paukkunen (Head of Energy and Climate Security, NATO)   
  • Lise Wiederholt Christensen (PhD Researcher at the University of Copenhagen)    

15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break 

15:15 - 16:30 Panel 2: Understanding the Role of EU in the Geopolitical Landscape 

  • Chaired by: Karen van Loon (Researcher, Egmont Institute)   
  • Marie-Anne Coninsx (Senior Associate Fellow, Egmont Institute)  
  • Marko Makovec (EEAS, Deputy Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia)  
  • Stefan Lundqvist (Pro-Dean, Swedish Defence University) 
  • Andreas Raspotnik (Senior Researcher, Fridtjof Nansen Institute)    

16:30 - 17:00 Networking

Organizers: Fridtjof Nansen Institute and Egmont Institute
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