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New challenges facing the Arctic Ocean and other fragile seas
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 06 February 2015 10:09

Arctic Centre logoInternational Conference on "New challenges facing the Arctic Ocean and other fragile seas" is arranged on the 20th of February 2015 at the Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi, Finland. The conference is organized by Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in cooperation with EU Cost Action - MarSafeNet.

The Conference is open for all who are interested, and it is free of charge.


Final Programme of the Conference, click here.


The conference will address following themes:

Theme 1: Encountering new challenges to Arctic Ocean and other Fragile Seas
Panel 1: Pollution threats and Marine Environmental Protection
Panel 2: Economic usage and security

Theme 2: Governance approach: Arctic Ocean and other Fragile Seas compared
Panel 1: Global and regional approach
Panel 2: Institutions and governance


Credits for Students:
Students are very welcomed to participate the conference and there will be an opportunity to receive credits from the event. The conference will serve as part of the ASPB1106 Arctic Studies Programme, alternative studies.

Arctic Studies Programme can offer that as ASPB1106 Alternative Courses 1 ECTS. To complete the course follow the seminar sessions and write a learning journal of 3-5 pages. The learning journal will be returned to International Studies Coordinator's e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Course will be graded as pass/fail. No registration required in weboodi, but please see below registration instructions for the conference.

Registration via email
All the attendees are expected to formally register for the event via email. Please send the following information to assi.harkoma(at) and copy to raija.kivilahti(at) before 5th of February 2015.
• Name
• Faculty
• (Student number)
• Email


Additional information:
Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland
The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM)

Dr. Kamrul Hossain
Tel. +358 40 484 4281, kamrul.hossain(at)

Assi Harkoma
Tel. +358 40 484 41 59, assi.harkoma(at)

High North Dialogue 2015
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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:18

High North Dialogue 2015 (source: High North Dialogue 2015 (source: March each year politicians and outstanding representatives of research and business get the opportunity to meet the future leaders of the High North – and vice versa. It happens during the conference High North Dialogue in Bodø. This year the conference will be held on 17-19 March 2015. 

From 2015 the Arctic Dialogue Conference is changing name to HIGH NORTH DIALOGUE.

The Arctic Dialogue has been organized and initiated by the High North Centre for Business and Governance at Bodø Graduate School of Business, University of Nordland, and up to 2012, supported by HBW Resources (USA), to foster dialogue and increase information sharing between stakeholders in the Arctic.

The Dialogue series offers a unique and intimate scene and was at the beginning in 2006 a departure from a traditional conference setting. All stakeholders are equal participants and help in constructing the directional content of the Dialogues. The circum-Arctic-Dialogue offers valuable lessons for all communities that are currently examining the prospects of expanding offshore oil and gas production in an environmentally sustainable manner. The roundtable seminar series endeavours to foster discussion, develop dialogue on sustainable development and sound environmental practices as well as share regional experiences from such diverse locations as the counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark in Norway, North Aleutians and North Slope, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico in the United States, the Beaufort and Labrador Seas in Canada and Yamal Peninsula and Sakhalin, Russia to fully examine the benefits and challenges associated with offshore commercial fishing, oil & gas activities and other industries located in the Arctic.

The whole concept started in 2006 when Jan Terje Henriksen and Jan-Oddvar Sørnes were flying back from a opening of a new NGO (involving David Holt and Andrew Browning) in Houston, US and discussed the possibility of making something similar here in Bodø, building a forum for energy and petroleum related networking.

They were also involved with the new Master Programme «Energy Management» (recruiting started autumn 2005) and saw an opportunity to combine these ideas with the new Programme.

After their trip to USA Jan Terje and Jan-Oddvar had been working hard to connect with institutions in America and through Andrew Browning of HBW Resources in Houston, they got in touch with School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (Manhattan, NY) (Shirley Neff og David Nissen), and Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, Washington DC. Based on this network a course on Geopolitics, conducted by Andrew Browning was designed. At the same time, Jan-Oddvar and Jan Terje had been to Houston to meet David Holt, a colleague of Andrew, who became a strong contributor and supporter financially and professionally. A programme for student internship was also agreed, and two students from Energy Management have every year been a semester in Houston/Austin for their final thesis.

The American link was strong for a long time. When the cooperation with Russia through MGIMO and later Rosneft was introduced the focus had to be somewhat balanced. The American network is still working well through research and other R&D related activities, while the direct connection to the Master programmes has been reduced.

Petter Nore and Johan Petter Barlindhaug were involved from the beginning and Petter Nore is still an Adjunct Professor with the Business School.

In 2010 the students from the new Master Programme "Sustainable Management" were included in the conference.

From 2013 a Master course was developed and all Master students at the Energy Management and Sustainable Management have to fulfill the course as part of their degree. From 2014 the course was opened to other external students as well, and an Arctic Bridge PhD course was included. From 2015 the plan is to offer a specific High North Dialogue PhD course as well.


Source: High North Dialogue 2015

Check out the 2015 HND here

Register here.

More information here

The Nordic autonomies – Experiences and Visions in a Peace Perspective
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Written by Federica   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:21

View of Mariehamn (source: wikipedia) View of Mariehamn (source: wikipedia) Las t January 2015, took place in Mariehamn(Åland Islands) the final meeting of the project called "The Nordic autonomies – Experiences and Visions in a Peace Perspective". The project was initiated by the Åland Islands Peace Institute (ÅIPI) and supported by the Nordic Council's Citizen's and Consumer Committee. It run during 2104 and 2015 and involved a number of Nordic researchers specialised in autonomy issues. 


The Noridc Council has therefeore released the following press release: 

The Nordic Council is exploring the role of the Nordic Region as a pioneer in peace issues and held a seminar on the autonomous regions' function as peace projects during the meetings on Åland.

(Read more here: Security and autonomy policy go hand in hand)

Where Åland's autonomy is largely the result of more rigid legal agreements, many politicians see progress towards greater autonomy for Greenland and the Faroe Islands as a pragmatic process of ongoing dialogue.

"Being one of the countries that form a kingdom like Denmark is a bit like being married. It's not the wording of the contract that makes for a happy family, but the will to work together and mutual respect, regardless of the balance of power," Helgi Abrahamsen, Chair of the Delegation from the Faroe Island at the Nordic Council, told the conference.

Conflict management is a Nordic trademark
Sjúrður Skaale, Faroese member of the Danish Parliament, added that autonomous regions can, without doubt, stand on their own two feet and be part of a larger grouping at the same time.

"The Faroe Islands were highlighted as a role model for Scotland in connection with the country's recent referendum on independence because we collect our own taxes and pass our own laws despite what it says in the Danish Constitution, something which the British wouldn't allow the Scots," Skaale explained.

He stressed that co-operation between the Faroes and Denmark was also able to accommodate the Faroese taking legal action against the EU – which includes Denmark – in a fishing conflict in 2003.

Johan Lund, a member of the Danish Parliament from Greenland agreed:

"The relationship between Denmark and Greenland evolves via dialogue and in an extremely pragmatic spirit. The Home Rule Act did not recognise Greenlanders as a people in international law, but the Autonomy Act has taken us a step further and we now do enjoy full legal status as a people in our own right," Lund pointed out.

Sámi representation on its way?
During the discussion on how the Nordic self-image has evolved over time, Professor Pertti Joenniemi of the University of Tampere highlighted the transition from basing identity on perceptions of the enemy to a basing it on a cultural affinity and peaceful coexistence – a transition which the Nordic countries have undergone over the last 200 years.

"Our experience of developing a peaceful community of nations is an important aspect of the Nordic brand and one of the things we can share with the world," added Höskuldur Þórhallson, the President of the Nordic Council.

He welcomed the discussions about the Sámi Parliaments in Finland, Norway, and Sweden joining the Nordic Council in the same spirit. An application from the Sámi Parliamentary Council was on the agenda of both the Citizens' and Consumer Rights Committee and the Presidium during the meetings on Åland.

Read more about the conference "The Nordic Autonomies – Experiences and Visions in a Peace Perspective" organised by the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Nordic Council's Citizens' and Consumer Rights Committee at

Michael Funch
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Jenny Pentler
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Institute of the North declares 2015-2017 the “Years of the Arctic"
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 08:26

Istitute of the North Logo Istitute of the North Logo Press release by the Institute of the North, 28 January 2015: 

The Institute of the North is calling on partners at the local, state and national level to join it in a new endeavor. The Institute of the North's board of directors met yesterday and named 2015 through 2017 the "Years of the Arctic." With the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the release of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission's draft Arctic policy and implementation plan, and increased global attention, it is important to the Institute that more be done to highlight the relevance of the Arctic for Alaskans and the nation.


"What better way to leverage the timing of the Chairmanship, Alaskan interests and circumpolar engagement than by focusing all of our attention on making a difference in the Arctic," notes Drue Pearce, chair of the Institute of the North. "This opportunity does not present itself often and the Institute of the North, in collaboration with partners, intends to increase public awareness, facilitate crucial conversations, and bring the necessary stakeholders to the table for future success."

What this means for the Institute will be monthly programming – the Arctic Policy Forum – that will connect subject matter experts and community leaders in conversations impacting Alaska's Arctic region. Quarterly Alaska Arctic Business Roundtables will further work done in prior years and potentially contribute to the work of the Arctic Economic Council.

Gone (for now) will be the Week of the Arctic, but in its place will be specially designed Alaska Arctic Policy Tours, set to coincide with and complement meetings of the Arctic Council. These 2-3 day events will occur in Alaska's Arctic hub communities (e.g.; Unalaska, Nome, Kotzebue, and Barrow), updating Alaskans on circumpolar affairs; highlighting local concerns for visiting delegations and domestic policy makers; and showcasing the capacity and capabilities of Alaskan communities and businesses.

The signature event for 2015 will be the Arctic Energy Summit, in Fairbanks, but also held will be the Hickel Day of the Arctic on August 18, in Anchorage. In 2016 the Institute will be assisting with the Arctic Social Science Week and hosting the Northern Regions Mining Summit. "Throughout these two years we will be finding ways to add value to the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, connecting it to Alaskan issues and Alaskans to the Arctic Council," says Nils Andreassen, the Institute's Executive Director. "We believe an Alaskan host committee would also be useful during this time, and will be working to develop this further."


To join the Institute in naming 2015-2017 the Years of the Arctic, and be listed as an associational partner, please contact Nils Andreassen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


(Source: Institute of the North


Russia to attend the Arctic Council meeting in Iqaluit
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 02 February 2015 08:30


Iqaluit (author:Aaron M Lloyd) Iqaluit (author:Aaron M Lloyd) The Russian Ambassador to Canada, Alexander Darchiev, has given a brief speech about Russia and Canada roles in the Arctic. Since the annexation of Crimea and military support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine the relations between the two countries have been "frozen",  as so much that Canada has suspended all but the most low-level discussions with Russia. Despite that, Russia has announced that a high-level delegation from Russia will attend the Arctic Council meeting in Iqaluit, when Canada will hand over its chairmanship of Arctic Council to US. 

The new appointed ambassador Darchiev has stated that both Canada and Russia are Arctic Power,  and since both are part of the "Arctic 5" they bear special responsibilities an rights to explore and develop the Arctic region.  Because the area is of special interest of both countries, the ambassador underlined the need to have bilateral and multilateral relations, and to cooperate very closely on common issues. The ambassador added in an interview with a Canadian news, "the Citizen" that   "My best hope is we will have a fruitful discussion, not only on Arctic matters, but on our bilateral relations as well" and " I think this would be a good chance to find ways on to how to make our dialogue much more intensive than it is now."



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