July 28, 2016

Video: Global Security, Climate Change, and the Arctic

A Russian vessel navigates through melting ice in the Arctic

Published: November 10, 2009


A November 2009 symposium hosted by the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security; the European Union Center; and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois examined the far-ranging and rapidly emerging environmental, geopolitical, and global security issues related to melting ice in the Arctic.

Below you can view the symposium proceedings in full.


Symposium panelists: Bill Chapman (University of Illinois); Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway, University of London); Ingrid Lundestad (Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies); Michael Byers (University of British Columbia)

Video length: 109 mins. 14 secs.

Topics include: Arctic climate change (sea ice, recent Arctic climate change, projected Arctic change, implications for navigation); energy resources; UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Article 76; mapping of the Arctic sea bed; US security policy and regional relations with other Arctic coastal states (Russia, Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway); multi-year ice and shipping routes; eco-tourism; Hans Island territorial dispute; maritime disputes; Northwest Passage; environmental concerns in the Arctic; indigenous peoples (Inuits) in Canadian federal territory of Nunavut


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Related Links

On the ACDIS site:

-- Special journal issue, ACDIS Swords and Ploughshares - "Global Security, Climate Change, and the Arctic"

-- Symposium event information - "Global Security, Climate Change, and the Arctic: Implications of an Open Northwest Passage"

-- Radio interview - with panelist Klaus Dodds, "The Arctic, It's Hot: Implications of an Ice-Free Arctic for Global Security"


External links:

National / International Bodies and Policy Documents

-- United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea - Overview and full text

-- The Arctic Council (council of 8 Arctic region member states)

-- U.S. Presidential Directive on Arctic Region Policy, January 2009 (in HTML or PDF)

-- Government of Canada official page - Canada's Northern Strategy

-- Russian Security Council Arctic strategy, "The fundamentals of state policy of the Russian Federation in the Arctic in the period up to 2020 and beyond," 18 September 2008 (original, in Russian)

-- European Commission official page - The EU and the Arctic Region

-- Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - The European Union and the Arctic Region, 20 November 2008 (PDF)

-- The Ilulissat Declaration, 28 May 2008 - statement from five Arctic coastal states (PDF)

-- Inuit Circumpolar Council (international organization representing approximately 160,000 Inuit living in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Chukotka, Russia); see also Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada) web site


Additional Resources

-- Geopolitics in the High North (program led by the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies)

-- Michael Byers' blog on the Arctic - Who Owns the Arctic? Arctic Sovereignty and International Relations

-- Arctic Climate Research at the University of Illinois (compendium of observed scientific data)

-- The Arctic Governance Project

-- Video: Arctic Region InfoClip (from European Commission web site; Real Player, 5 mins., 2008)