The Arctic in Transition: Regional Issues and Geopolitics - 3 and 4 October 2011 MONTRÉAL
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THE ARCTIC IN TRANSITION
Regional Issues and Geopolitics
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3 and 4 October 2011
Organized by the Center for Geopolitical Studies of the Raoul Dandurand Chair (UQAM), in collaboration with the Centre Jacques Cartier (France), ArcticNet (Université Laval,Québec), and the Northern Research Forum (University of the Arctic; University of Lapland, Finland).
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The Arctic is generally perceived as a distant and monolithic region. For some, it’s a frontier to be discovered and exploited; a vulnerable and fragile region or even a white and virgin desert that needs to be protected against any form of economic activity. For others, the Arctic is destined to become the “next great game” where states compete and battle over its rich natural resources. Indeed, the various effects predicted by climate change scenarios in respect with the circumpolar world produce images and apprehensions of potential security issues that tend to shape the way the world sees and thinks the Arctic in international affairs. This creates a narrow vision of circumpolar affairs where evolving political, economic, and social dynamics of the vast and complex northern regions are overlooked. In fact, the Arctic is an immense heterogeneous zone comprised of established political borders, an international Ocean, accessible or unattainable maritime spaces, evolving indigenous or non-indigenous populations, different climates, geographies and ecosystems … In short, territories, peoples and economies that are today rapidly transforming and, like never before, caught up in/by globalization.
Faced with all the images and challenges brought by the rapid evolution of these Great North/High North spaces, how do we define the Arctic today? More precisely, beyond the headlines, what issues are the eight circumpolar states dealing with? How are their local and national populations and industries adapting? What regions should we monitor, and what actors are implicated? Finally, can these challenges have repercussions on world affairs, geoeconomics and, in that case, how are neighboring and non-Arctic states dealing with the changes taking place?
This high level international meeting reunites political scientists, lawyers, geographers, historians and practitioners to discuss, first, the socio-economic, political and security issues of Arctic developed or developing regions, and, second, to look at the evolving relationships between these spaces, their peoples, and global affairs. The main focus of the meeting seeks to adress security issue(s) of the various region(s) that make up the circumpolar world. Three Arctic regions will be highlighted: a) the North-American Arctic (United States (Alaska); Canada (Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, Nunavik) and Greenland; b) the North Pacific Rim (Alaska, Russian Far East, Beaufort Sea/Chukchi); c) the Barents Euro-Arctic Region (Nordic countries – Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland – and Russia). The Montréal meeting seeks to deepen and work on the issues brought up by the previous Arctic 2010 conference that was held in Lyon (France) last November (Arctic 2010: Geopolitical Issues and Equations in the 21st Century). Presentations from that conference are available on-line in French here.
French/English translation available on site during conference
Program in PDF format
- 8:00 – Registration: Agora Hydro-Québec, 175 Ave. Président-Kennedy, Montréal (Metro Place des Arts)
- 8:45 am – Opening remarks: Charles-Philippe DAVID, Chairholder, Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, Professor at the Department of Political Science, UQAM; Frédéric LASSERRE, Center for Geopolitical Studies, codirector of Arctic 2011, Professor at the Department of Geography, Université Laval; Joël PLOUFFE, Center for Geopolitical Studies, codirector of Arctic 2011 and PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science, UQÀM
Round Table A – 9:00 am
Europe and the Arctic
- 10:15 am – Coffee break
Russia's Arctic: A Geopolitical Issue? Gleb YAROVOY, Associate Professor, Petrozavodsk State University, Petrozavodsk, Russia
Living with the Extractive Industry in Arctic Russia: Oil and Gas Without Conflict?
Florian STAMMLER, Senior Researcher, Arctic Center, Rovaniemi, Finland and Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, U.K.
- 12:15-1:55 pm – Lunch
The Geopolitics of Arctic Energy Resources
Charles EMMERSON, Chatam House U.K., Senior Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Program, London
- 3:30 pm – Coffee Break
Round Table D – 3:45 pm
Assessing Current and Future Arctic Shipping Scenarios
Frédéric LASSERRE, Professor, Department of Geography, Université Laval, Research Associate, Center for Geopolitical Studies, Raoul Dandurand Chair, UQAM, Québec, Canada
The International Legal Framework: A Stabilizing Force in the Arctic?
Suzanne LALONDE, Professor, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal, Canada
END OF DAY 1
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
8:45 am – Opening Remarks by Louis FORTIER, Scientific Director, ArcticNet, and Alain FUCHS, President of the CNRS (French National Reseach Council)
Round Table E – 9:00 am
The North-American Arctic Security Discourse Continentalized
Stéphane ROUSSEL, Professor, Department of Political Science, Director of the Observatoire de la politique et la sécurité de l'Arctique (OPSA) at UQAM, Canada
The North-American Arctic: A Russian Perspective, Daryana MAXIMOVA, The Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
- 10:30 – Coffee break
Canada and the U.S. in the Circumpolar World
Sovereigntizing and Securitizing Moves: Understanding Canada-United States Relations in a Circumpolar Framework, P. Whitney LACKENBAUER, Associate Professor, St-Jerome's University (University of Waterloo), Canada
- 12:15-13:55 – Lunch
Regional Settings and Perspectives: Nunavik and the North American Arctic
The North-American Arctic: Socio-Economic Dimensions, Gérard DUHAIME, Chairholder, Canada Research Chair on Comparative Aboriginal Condition, Laval University, Québec, Canada
Mining Development and Viability of Inuit Communities in Canada's Arctic, Thierry RODON, Professor, Department of Political Science, Canada Research Chair on Sustainable Development and the North, Laval University, Québec
- 3:30 pm – Coffee Break
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Transportation and tourism in Montreal
From the airport to downtown
Aerobus : provides a connection by bus 747 between the airport and downtown Montreal (Bus stops at the Montreal Central Bus Station located at 505 de Maisonneuve blvd East, nearby the University and Hotels). Tickets are available at the currency exchange, at the arrivals level. The rate is 8$ (valid 24 hours for the 747 bus and for all buses and subways in the city of Montreal) or $16 (valid 3 days for the 747 bus and for all buses and subways in the city of Montreal). Please find on the following link, the list of all stops: http://www.stm.info/English/bus/planibus/747.pdf
Taxi : There is a flat rate airport to downtown : $38
Limousine : There is a flat rate airport to downtown : $49,50
Montreal by Metro
- Arctic Council
- University of the Arctic
- Inuit Circumpolar Council
- Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
- Arctic Frontiers 2011
- United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
On Canada, Québec and the Arctic
- Canada International Council
- Observatoire de la politique et la sécurité de l'Arctique
- Makivik Corporation
- Plan Nord - Governement of Quebec
Recent Publications on Arctic Geopolitics
Directed by Frédéric Lasserre, Passages et mers arctiques. Géopolitique d'une région en mutation, Québec : Presses de l'Université du Québec, collection Géographie contemporaine, 2010.
Lassi Heininen, Ed. with Chris Southcott, Globalization and the Circumpolar North, 2010.
Éric Canobbio, Géopolitique d'une ambition inuite. Le Québec face à son destin nordique, Septentrion, 2010.