The Arctic is a delicate region both ecologically and politically - with eight nations sharing the region, including three EU Member States. The EUs new Arctic Strategy was announced in October 2021 calling for a safe, stable, sustainable, peaceful and prosperous Arctic. The new strategy covers everything from economics, to security, to the environment - all at a time of increased change at the top of the Northern Hemisphere. Changing ice sheets are opening new routes for commercial shipping, but also for naval navigation - creating new tensions. The Arctic is more important than ever.
New Direction, under its Foreign Policy Council, will hold a roundtable discussion in Reykjavik on security policy in the Arctic. Looking at defence, trade, and energy.
Security and Defence
Despite existing treaties, the Arctic is increasingly becoming a focal point for militarisation. With both Russia and NATO active in securing this highly strategic and contested region, how can NATO and its allies best secure stability in the Arctic.
The countries of the arctic have diverse and dynamic economies and represent lucrative opportunities for investment. With new potential trade routes opening up around the Arctic, how can the EU and the West best utilise these new opportunities.
Energy and Climate Security
Climate policy has always been important for the Arctic region – from protection of natural resources such as fish stocks, to securing reliable sources of energy. What practical solutions exist to promote sustainable growth in the Arctic.