Round Table on Actual Problems of Arctic Development

On November 26, 2020, RISS hosted a round table "Current problems of Arctic development in the light of the upcoming Russian presidency of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023"

The event was attended by RISS experts, representatives of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B. Yeltsin, St. Petersburg State University, and other research institutions.

In his welcoming speech, RISS Director M. Fradkov noted the special place that the Arctic region holds in the system of strategic priorities of the state policy of the Russian Federation. This is indicated, in particular, by the fact that on 26 October, President V. Putin approved the Strategy for the Development of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation and Ensuring National Security for the Period up to 2035.

The participants of the round table stressed that the possible use of the Arctic for economic benefits poses a threat to the fragile ecosystem of the region. At the same time, climate change and the associated melting of Arctic ice are facilitating access to these resources and opening up opportunities for developing transport links and reducing the cost of transportation. In such circumstances, it is impossible not to take into account the special importance of the entire Arctic region in the military-strategic sphere.

As a result of the event, it was decided to continue studying this topic in the format of working meetings, round tables and conferences, as well as publishing joint research materials.