The New Ice Curtain: Russia's Strategic Reach to the Arctic

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Please join us for the release and discussion of a new CSIS Europe Program report, The New Ice Curtain: Russia’s Strategic Reach to the Arctic, which examines Russia’s economic, energy, and security strategies and aspirations in the Arctic, and the evolution of the Kremlin’s Arctic policies over the past decade. On the eve of President Obama’s and Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Anchorage, Alaska where they will convene Arctic and non-Arctic leaders to discuss climate impact and resilience, and global leadership in the Arctic, it is a timely moment to better understand the largest and most dynamic Arctic actor and to assess whether the Arctic will remain a cooperative region or succumb to geopolitical tensions. Report author Heather A. Conley and project consultant Dr. Marlène Laruelle will examine the significant changes in Russia’s Arctic policies and rhetoric – particularly since President Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012 – and offer their insights on Russia’s military posturing in the region, as well as how to develop new collaborative thinking to preserve and protect international Arctic cooperation. New York Times correspondent Steven Lee Myers, who has written about and traveled frequently to the Russian Arctic, will offer his reflections on the report and assess whether the development of a 21st century “ice curtain” is realistic. The panelists will also preview the upcoming August 31st meeting in Alaska and assess the impact of the potential attendance of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on U.S.-Russian cooperation in the Arctic. Featuring Dr. Marlène Laruelle Research Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University and Steven Lee Myers Correspondent, The New York Times Introduced and moderated by Heather A. Conley Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic, CSIS Europe Program Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1st Floor Conference Room Center for Strategic and International Studies 1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036 This event is made possible by support from the MacArthur Foundation. Programs ARCTIC, EUROPE PROGRAM, RUSSIA AND EURASIA PROGRAM Topics INTERNATIONAL SECURITY, MILITARY STRATEGY, SECURITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE Regions ARCTIC, EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA, RUSSIA

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