May 7, 2016

Global Security, Climate Change, and the Arctic
Implications of an Open Northwest Passage

Arctic Security

A symposium at the University of Illinois

November 5, 2009
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illini Union Building, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana - Room 314A
3:00 - 5:00 PM

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Rapidly melting ice in the Arctic Ocean offers promising opportunities for enhanced international marine shipping through the Northwest Passage. But it has also raised the specter of tensions among various countries for access to corresponding transit routes and natural resources. This symposium will provide scientific background and consider the geopolitical implications of climate change and the opening of the Northwest Passage.

Discussion will examine the observed effects of global warming on climate conditions in the region, and will cover positions and perspectives of key actors such as the European Union and its member states, Nordic countries, Russia, Canada, and the United States. Panelists will offer assessments of recent developments associated with this emerging issue, as well as analysis of projected impacts on global security, foreign policy, economics, international maritime law, and access to energy resources.


Michael Byers

Michael Byers

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Political Science

University of British Columbia

William Chapman

William Chapman

Senior Research Programmer, Atmospheric Sciences 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Klaus Dodds

Klaus Dodds

Professor of Geopolitics

Royal Holloway, University of London

Ingrid Lundestad

Ingrid Lundestad

Research Fellow

Centre for Transatlantic Studies, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies


European Union Center
Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS)
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center


Supported by grants to symposium organizers from the European Commission; US Department of Education (Title VI); and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation



Related Radio Interview

Symposium panelist Klaus Dodds will also appear on local National Public Radio station WILL-AM 580's listener call-in interview program "Focus 580" at 11:00 a.m. on November 5, 2009.

For more information and to access the audio stream, go to the Focus 580 web site.