This will explore the geopolitical implications of the thawing Arctic. The speakers will discuss what is at stake as trade routes and mineral deposits open up due to Climate Change. The changing landscape in the Arctic opens up tremendous potential, but also the possibility of geopolitical conflict among the littoral states. We will ask our speakers to address the following topics, among others: What should be the new international regime governing Arctic exploration and passage? What are US and Russian objectives in the Arctic? Can the states surrounding the Arctic agree about governance? How great is the potential for conflict over Arctic resources and re-militarization?
About the speakers:
Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Director, MIT Science Impact Collaborative
Kenneth Yalowitz, former Ambassador to Belarus and Georgia; director, Conflict Resolution Center, Georgetown University; senior fellow, Arctic Studies at Dartmouth
Carol Saivetz and Elizabeth Wood, co-chairs
Part of the Focus On Russia lecture series and the Architecture at the End of the Earth exhibition series