JSGS Public Lecture ~ Geopolitical and Security Challenges in the Arctic

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Presented by: Dr. Barbora Padrtova, Assistant Professor, Masaryk University & Research Scholar , IIASA

The geopolitics in the Arctic have been influenced by the current international relations’ developments and increasing tensions between Russia and the West. Additional drivers for geopolitical challenges are the availability and accessibility of energy resources, the opening of new transportation routes for destination and transit shipping and by security developments, including those relating to piracy, terrorism and environmental disasters. This presentation will provide an overview of geopolitical and security challenges which the Arctic faces in relation to climate change and current trends in international relations, with a focus on how geopolitics
transforms into policy and what are the key variables that influence the relations of cooperation/competition among states in the Arctic region.

Dr. Barbora Padrtova is an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. She also works as a Research Scholar affiliated with the Arctic Futures Initiative at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Previously she led a research group at the Institute of International Relations in Prague that developed a comprehensive analysis of Arctic states’ policies tailored to the benefit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Her research interests focus on geopolitics and security in the Arctic region, securitization theory, US-Russia relations, and NATO-Russia relations.

This presentation is brought to you through a partnership with the College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan and JSGS.

Event Details

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM CST
Saskatoon: Canada Room, University of Saskatchewan / Regina: CB 308, College Avenue Campus, University of Regina
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