Arctic Governance Beyond the Arctic Council

Monday, 16 April 2018 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Organized in cooperation with the Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDAI)
Non-Arctic states have recently shown interest in the Arctic region, generating opportunities but also fear among Arctic states. Chinese activism in the region attracted the most attention, more negative than positive in Canada. The Chinese Road and Belt initiative, published last year, had an Arctic route as a maritime route to prioritize for future economic development. On other hand, China was a key actor in the agreement to suspend commercial fishing in Arctic international waters for the next 16 years.   China has resources to back its ambition. The circumpolar voyage of the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long last summer highlighted that China has the capabilities to be a key player in the Arctic region. However, we do not know much about its intentions in regards to the region. More specifically for Canada, it is unclear if Chinese Arctic activism will hurt or bolster Canada’s sovereignty claims. We also need to determine the effects it will create on Arctic economic development and the exploitation of natural resources in the Canadian Arctic. This talk will analyze the opportunities and risks of Chinese Arctic activism for Canada.   Panel 1(1:00-2:30): China’s Arctic policy: What does it mean for Canada?
  • Whitney Lackenbauer, Professor Department of History, co-director of the Centre for Foreign Policy and Federalism, St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo
  • Adam Lajeunesse, Irving Shipbuilding Chair in Arctic Marine Security, Mulroney Institute of Government, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Pierre-Louis Têtu, post-doctoral fellow, University of Ottawa
  Panel 2 (2:45 – 4:00): Impacts on policies and people
  • Brigadier General Mike Nixon is the commander of Joint Task Force North, based in Yellowknife.
  • Mathieu Landriault is a lecturer at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.