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Eastern Dimension of International Cooperation in the Arctic
7 September 2022
10:00—11:30
KEY CONCLUSIONS
The Arctic is not detached from global processes and requires development through joint action

The growth of Asian markets is becoming a genuine driver for global economic growth. As this is happening, the Arctic is playing an ever-more important role. This is a region which is rich in strategic resources and materials which are needed for the global energy transition. Reliable shipping in the Arctic is also becoming an increasingly significant issue. In this context, the development of the Northern Sea Route is becoming more and more relevant. This transport artery offers major potential to expand international maritime shipping operations between the countries of Europe, Asia, and America. This will in turn help diversify transport routes and make the global maritime shipping system more robust. Another area of interest is strengthening cooperation on infrastructure projects, including those relating to energy, including carbon-free options — Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Arctic Council.

In autumn 2022 virtually nobody any longer subscribes to the old view of the Arctic being a region free of traditional international conflicts, and which is protected from security issues spilling over onto its territory which arise in its closed, club-style culture. The situation changed for various reasons. Some of these were beyond anyone’s control – ultimately, the Arctic is the main climate change laboratory, and one cannot extricate it from this process. And then there are political factors, which have led to the objective, strong, and rapid militarization of the region. As a result, it is absolutely impossible to pretend that it is developing separately from international security issues — Anastasia Likhacheva, Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

ISSUES
European sanctions are backfiring

Cooperation between Russia and Norway in the Arctic is one success story that we have. For us, this cooperation exists apart from any confrontation in the geopolitical arena. However, it seems to me that the situation has now reached a point that our relations could become more difficult regardless. However, if we look at relations between Russia and Norway, and between Russia and Europe over the past eight years, we can see that European-Russian relations also have an impact on Norway, of course. We see that Europe’s security system has faltered, and this also holds true with regard to the Arctic – no region can be protected from these phenomena. We see some disruptions to the transport network, and Russia is currently looking less to the West, and more to the East. We in Norway want good and lasting relations with Russia. <...> — .

Take a look at the sanctions that Russia has fallen under. Countries are imposing sanctions on Russia, but in so doing are losing a major export market, particularly when it comes to energy. And I think we will see a similar thing in the Arctic. That’s why we need diversification, and why Russia is doing what it is doing – looking to the East. It’s clear that there are enough potential partners in the East willing to work with Russia. I want to improve relations between Russia and the West, because the situation is damaging to the economy regardless. And we want to focus more on the Arctic and take our cooperation outside the confines of geopolitics — Glenn Diesen, Professor, Department of Business, History and Social Sciences, University of South-Eastern Norway.

SOLUTIONS
Several key areas will benefit from multilateral cooperation in the Arctic and forging new ties

The Asia-Pacific is making an increasingly noticeable contribution. This is evidence of their commitment to taking a constructive approach to cooperation in the Arctic – both on a bilateral and multilateral basis. Russia is willing to forge mutually beneficial partnerships across a wide range of areas related to sustainable development in the Arctic. Climate change in the Arctic has global repercussions, which are felt across all regions of the world. There are numerous key areas in which we can work with our partners in the East. Given this, several issues are of importance. These include the environmental agenda, the climate agenda (including permafrost degradation), and preserving biodiversity — Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Arctic Council.

China’s aim with regard to the Arctic and Arctic nations is to understand, protect, and get national governments in the region to work in the interests of all countries, and to build a community focused on sustainable development in the Arctic. <...> China is gradually becoming a global player, and has much less experience compared to other countries. Therefore, we must take a very careful approach to this. That’s the first thing. The second thing is that we must be very cautious about using our advantages. That said, we have an excellent structure and potential in the construction industry. This is something we can offer the whole world as efforts are made to fulfil objectives. This is particularly true in terms of working with Russia — Wang Wen, Executive Dean, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China (RDCY).

The Arctic is the last region to be largely unexplored. People still have much to learn about the Arctic, about what is happening there, about what is happening to the Arctic ice, about why it is melting and transforming, about why the ocean waters are being oxidized, and about other biological processes. Japan, like China, is a long way from the Arctic, but we observe the Arctic through the Bering Strait, and have been doing so for a long time. We have developed a new icebreaker especially for conducting research in the Arctic. That shows that Japan views the Arctic as a region requiring study. [We need to – ed.] employ this region and this knowledge for good. After all, this data is priceless, and any activity we undertake must be based on this data. We have recently let a great many opportunities slip by because we did not pay attention to this kind of data. However, we want to continue to exist – we want to exist in a sustainable world. We therefore need to overcome the problems that we currently face – something which cannot be done without cooperating with Russia — Hide Sakaguchi, President, Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

The Northern Sea Route is a very important factor. Sharing this route could help optimize transport services by 90% plus. India is also interested in this issue, and in developing maritime infrastructure. Singapore’s experience in developing maritime routes, for example, is phenomenal. <...> I would like to call upon India, China, South Korea, and Singapore to join forces, because we play a crucial role in working with Arctic nations. We must develop a very flexible approach to cooperation — Satish Soni, Vice Admiral, Commandant, National Defence Academy (NDA) (1976–2016).

A trans-shipment terminal dedicated to cargo for the Arctic is being built at the Commercial Port of Vladivostok. It’s hard to say when it will be completed and what impact it will have, but I am cautiously optimistic — Artem Lukin, Associate Professor of the Department of International Relations, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU).