The Gorchakov Fund and Project Office for the Development of the Arctic will host a roundtable on Russia's chairmanship of the Arctic Council

 In May of 2021, Russia will assume chairmanship of the Arctic Council for 2021-2023. Priorities of the Russian chairmanship include social policy, economic development, infrastructure, environmental protection, and science diplomacy –  traditionally important areas for all Arctic States.

At the same time, the international dialogue is being built under tensions: we should remember that all member countries of the Arctic Council have introduced sanctions against Russia. Is it possible to preserve efficient cooperation in the Arctic region? How effective is the Council today and are any structural or functional changes needed?

The Gorchakov Fund and the Information and Analytics Center of the Project Office for the Development of the Arctic (PORA) will host online roundtable "The Arctic Council and the Russia's Chairmanship: Problems and Priorities".

Discussion topics:

- main aspects of the Russian strategy during chairmanship of the Arctic Council;
- influence of the general state of tensions in relations between Russia and the West on the work of the Arctic Council;
- transformation of the Arctic Council: an opportunity or a threat to efficiency?
- aspects of the Strategic Plan of the Arctic Council;
- an idea of establishing the Foundation for Sustainable Development of the Arctic: a myth or a reality in the future?

Participants of the roundtable:

- Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Senior Arctic Official of Russia to the Arctic Council;
- Pavel Devyatkin, Research Associate and Leadership Group member at The Arctic Institute, Research Fellow at the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum, USA;
Dr. Alexander Sergunin, Professor at the Department of Theory and History of International Relations, Faculty of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University;
- Timo Koivurova, Research Professor of the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland;
- Dr. Sergey Nikonorov, Professor, Director of the Center for Studies of Economic Problems of Arctic Development, Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, sustainable development expert at PORA;
- Svein Rottem, Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway.

Date and time of the event: June 1, Tuesday, 4:00-6:00 pm Moscow time.

Languages of the event: Russian and English with synchronous interpretation.

The event will be available to watch live online on the YouTube channel of the Gorchakov Fund in Russian and English.

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