Discussion Group - Race for the Arctic - Will the recent developments in the Arctic lead to a new Russian military playground ?

Russia has warned that countries could be at war within a decade over resources in the Arctic region. Russia’s Strategy calls for increasing presence in the Arctic and boosting the region's development by 2020, including through the recent deployment of “White bear” missiles in the area, while the country’s recent claims over disputed regions of the continental shelf could nearly double the Russian Arctic Zone if accepted internationally.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Defense Arctic Policy states that US national security interests in the Arctic region include “missile defense and early warning; deployment of sea and air systems for strategic sealift, strategic deterrence, maritime presence, and maritime security operations.”

The possibility of armed conflict and chaos in the “Wild North” is viewed as a potential development in the long term by most observers, as tensions are evident among the “Arctic Eight”—Russia, the United States, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Canada, and Denmark (Greenland).

How do you think the dramatic changes coming to the Arctic will unfold in the coming years and what are the forces, factors, and events that could determine its future path? What are the economic, energetic and commercial interests at stake impacting the security and geopolitical landscape? What sort of actions and proportional policy response could NATO and its military allies implement in the region?

Join us on May 30th to engage in an informal discussion with your YPFP fellows and friends around a nice drink.

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels is a unique forum which helps to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders worldwide. Over the last nine years, YPFP has built a successful organization in the heart of Brussels. Through regular debates, workshops and social events, YPFP works to provide young professionals with the knowledge, skills and networks to tackle the critical challenges they will face throughout their careers in Europe and across the world.

May 30, 2018 at 7pm - 8:30pm
The Old Oak
Rue du Bailli 1
Brussels 1000
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