Book contribution: High North - high stakes

The Arctic, once politically and literally frozen, is melting at a pace unforeseen even a few years ago. Arctic petroleum resources are of great interest in an ever-tightening global energy market, and there is a considerable potential for increased shipping in and through the region. At the same time, the vulnerable character of the Arctic environment requires activities that are pursued in accordance with sound environmental practices, while the increased strategic importance of the region makes it more exposed to changes in international security.

The Nansen Center has contributed to the book "High North. high stakes", which has been realized through an initiative from the Norwegian Shipowners Association. The book focuses on the European Arctic or the “High North,” draws on a group of people with highly relevant hands-on and academic experience. It makes a significant contribution to an informed debate about the prospects and pitfalls alike so we can benefit from the opportunities in the region responsibly and thoughtfully.

Norwegian perspectives
◦ Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs
◦ Espen Barth Eide, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Defence
◦ General Sverre Diesen, Norwegian Chief of Defence
◦ Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development

Academic contributions
◦ US perspective: Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
◦ Russian oil industry: Dr. Nina Poussenkova, Carnegie Moscow Center
◦ Russian petroleum activities: Arild Moe, Fridtjof Nansen Institute
◦ Climate change: Professor Ola M. Johannessen and Lasse H. Pettersson, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
◦ Historic background and the way forward: Professor Alyson Bailes, University of Iceland

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