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Asia and the Arctic: Where Things Stand

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

This event is by invitation only and will be held in Singapore.

The World Policy Institute in collaboration with Guggenheim Partners and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore invite you to participate in a roundtable discussion:

Asia and the Arctic: Where Things Stand

At the dawn of Arctic energy exploration, with rising global cooperation around Arctic security, ecology and sustainable development, how are Asian nations faring amid the rapid change? How have China’s diplomatic efforts and energy exploration gained traction? And how are shifting maritime dynamics and longer navigational seasons across the Northern Sea Route impacting vital regional interests?

As Singapore continues to serve as an active and contributing member of the Arctic community, we hear views from regional voices and domain experts in this highly consequential arena. Our program and agenda follow below, which each of these experts offering brief remarks around the themes we outline here:

The Arctic Future: A Test of Global Cooperation

  • Kamal Vaswani, Acting Director-General, Europe Directorate, Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Singapore and the Arctic

  • Parag Khanna, Senior Research Fellow, NUS, Singapore

    Asian Engagement in the Arctic

  • Andreas Osthagen, Director, The Arctic Institute, Norway

    Natural Resources & Sustainable Development  

  • Mia Bennett, Department of Geography, UCLA, USA.

    The Geopolitics of Arctic Cooperation

  • Marc-Andre Dubois, Senior Policy Officer, WWF Global Arctic Program, Canada

    Conservation and International Governance

Snapshot: Arctic Shipping & Energy Development

  • Mika Mered, Polarisk Consulting, France 

    Overview: The State of Shipping, Impact of Energy Markets

  • Captain J. Ashley Roach, Center for International Law, NUS

    The Arctic and International Law 

China’s Arctic Interests

  • Bertel Heurlin, Jean Monnet Professor in European Security and Integration, UCPH, Director China Security Studies, Centre for Military Studies, UCPH, Co-Director Copenhagen Middle East Research Project, COMER, Denmark

  • Professor Cheng Baozhi, Research Fellow, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), China

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