Utrikespolitiska Föreningen Malmö

Security and Geopolitics in the Arctic

Pressmeddelande   •   Feb 22, 2014 13:24 CET

Thursday February 27, 16:00-18:00
Malmö Högskola
Orkanen D328

UF Malmö is delighted to announce Kristofer Bergh who will give a guest lecture on “Security and Geopolitics in the Arctic”.

Kristofer Bergh is a researcher with the SIPRI Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme. He joined SIPRI as an intern in January 2009. Kristofer has a master's degree in Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Uppsala and a bachelor's degree in political science from Stockholm University. In April 2011 he joined the Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme as a researcher for its new project Arctic Futures. Kristofer's work includes studying the emerging security governance of the Arctic and takes special interest in the Arctic policies of the United States and Canada.

As the polar ice melts, interest in the Arctic is on the rise. Governments and corporations are eyeing the potential for increased activity in an area that has previously been virtually inaccessible. Meanwhile, concerned voices for the region's future are raised; environmental issues are of course in focus, but issues like security are also discussed as new oil and gas fields opens up and new transport routes become passable. While many of these concerns may have serious consequences others are products of hype and exaggerations.

His presentation will, in a sober manner, treat the current situation in the Arctic and discuss the economic, political and security factors contributing to the increased interest in the region. The increased interest from non-Arctic actors, not least China, will be addressed. On the way, the odd myth about the current state of the region may be busted, and I will argue that the Arctic, despite the hyperbole, actually represents a region with well-functioning international cooperation and low military tension.

Join us for yet another very insightful discussion!
Free for UF members
Entrance fee: 20 SEK

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As always, there will be time for questions and discussion, and fika will be served! The coffee, tea and soda served at UF events is FairTrade, and the rest of our fika is ecological.

Because politics starts in your coffee cup!

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