Peace and Security in the Arctic

Open seminar at Reykjavík University, lecture room M208
10th of May from 10:00 to 14:00

How can small states contribute to peace and stability in the Arctic? What are the main challenges ahead? How is the Arctic region affected by recent international developments? Are changes in the natural environment likely to create tension, instability and competition over natural resources or can they be seen as an opportunity for increased cooperation and peace building? At this seminar the focus will be on Arctic developments from the perspective of the small Arctic states and their relationship with the larger partner states and none-state actors. A special emphasis will be on how the small states can contribute to peace, security and stability in the region. 


Nordic Cooperation: Towards a Sustainable Peace in the Arctic

Pia Hansson
Director, Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland

West-Nordic Security: From the Cold War to Present Time
Inga Dóra Markussen
Secretary General, West Nordic Council

Climate Change in the Arctic: Threat to Security or Opportunity for Peace Building?
Auður H Ingólfsdóttir
Assistant Professor, Bifröst University

Security, Geopolitics and Governance Challenges in Relation to Arctic Extractive Industries
Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv
Professor, Critical Peace and Conflict Studies, UiT- The Arctic University of Norway

Lunch break
12:30 – 14:00

High North, Low Tension? What will the Impact of the Trump Presidency be on Arctic Relations?
Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir
Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland

Is Arctic (Comprehensive) Security Ever About the Arctic, and if not, can the Nordic Small States do Anything to Ensure Arctic Peace?
Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen 
Professor, Barents Chair in Politics, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway

SAR: That, Which We Can All Agree Upon
Sóley Kaldal
Risk Management and Safety Engineer at the Icelandic Coast Guard

Icelandic Nuclear Weapon Free Zone
Bjarni Már Magnússon
Associate Professor, Reykjavik University School of Law