Europe's Strategic Frontiers: The Arctic

3 Nov 2014 18:00

The “great thaw” underway in the Arctic has the potential to permanently open up the Northern Sea Route and connect East Asia and North-Western Europe for the first time in history. By 2040 it will be the shortest trade route between Europe and Asia and potential disputes over trade routes, maritime zones and resources that were previously inaccessible may emerge. What response should relevant European states fashion towards the Arctic? How is one of the most momentous geographical changes in history likely to affect Europe?

with Ambassador Professor Alyson Bailes, University of Iceland.

Professor Alyson J.K. Bailes is presently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Iceland, a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) and an Honorary Fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford. Professor Bailes is also an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. From 2002-2007 Professor Bailes served as the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Before this time, Professor Bailes had a distinguished career in the UK Diplomatic Service including postings in Hungary, the UK Delegation to NATO, Bonn, Beijing, Oslo and as British Ambassador to Finland. Among many other topics, Professor Bailes has published widely on regional security cooperation, Nordic/Baltic and West Nordic security and the emerging Arctic agenda. 

This was the fifth lecture of the IES Autumn Lecture Series 2014: "The Future of European Geostrategy" jointly organised by the Institute for European Studies-VUB and the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations. Read more about the lecture series!

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An opinion piece based on this lecture has been published by Amb. Prof. Bailes with European Geostrategy.