The Disruption of Arctic Exceptionalism

Managing Environmental Change in Light of Russian Aggression

05 Juni 2023
Ort der Veranstaltung
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V., Rauchstraße 17/18, 10787 Berlin, Deutschland


Arctic Exceptionalism

The Arctic is experiencing the direct impact of two ongoing global crises: climate change and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. As a climate hotspot, the region’s temperatures are rising four times faster than the global average, causing severe environmental consequences. To understand and manage the implications of rapid environmental change in the Arctic, scientific and diplomatic collaboration is required. Russia’s war of aggression has, however, disrupted research cooperation in the area. Further, with more moderate climate conditions, the Arctic is becoming increasingly economically and geopolitically important. This is leading to an increased economic interest in the region at a time when the Arctic Council is not currently operative.

It is our pleasure to invite you to a panel discussion on the urgent issue of managing environmental change in the Arctic. Please note that the event will take place under the Chatham House Rule (information may be used, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of speakers and participants may be revealed).


Evan T. Bloom, Senior Fellow in the Polar Institute, Wilson Center

Franziska Hagedorn, Head of Division Responsible for Arctic Policy, German Federal Foreign Office

Erik F. Øverland, Counsellor and Special Envoy, Norwegian Embassy in Berlin

Kira Vinke, Head of the Center for Climate and Foreign Policy, DGAP


Volker Rachold, Head of the German Arctic Office, Alfred Wegener Institute

Please register via by June 1, 2023. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email along with further information about joining the event. Registrations will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

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