The 2nd China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium
Following the establishment of the China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) in December 2013, the 2nd China-Nordic Arctic Cooperation Symposium is scheduled to be held in Akureyri, Iceland 2 – 5 June 2014. The call for oral presentations is closed, but registration is open until 1 May 2014.
The China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) officially launched
On 10 December 2013 The China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC) was officially launched in Shanghai. The research center aims to serve as a platform for academic research cooperation on the Arctic. With 10 Nordic and Chinese member institutions, the foundation for cooperation is promising. Two Norwegian institutions are founding members: The Polar Research Institute and The Fridtjof Nansen Institute.
Leiv Lunde's Financial Time commentary
In December 2013, the Financial Times reporter Philip Stephens wrote an in-depth article, 'The grab for Greenland', on how the natural resources and shipping routes in the Artic is attracting attention from powerful countries, such as China.
In response to the article, FNI director Leiv Lunde wrote a commentary letter 'Potential for co-operation over Arctic' which was published on 20 December 2013:
'Sir, I enjoyed reading Philip Stephens' comprehensive and vivid account on Arctic geopolitics seen from his timely vantage point in Nuuk, Greenland ("The grab for Greenland", Life & Arts, December 7). An Arctic outsider, he conveys masterly the web of historical, cultural, natural, economic and political forces forming the Arctic and now possibly changing the region beyond recognition.
Mr Stephens also balances his story well on the unfolding large power games fuelled by melting ice and new shipping routes. But I take issue with him, slightly, on two related accounts.'