MSC convening Roundtable on Arctic Security in Stavanger on August 27

On August 27, the Munich Security Conference is organizing a Roundtable on Arctic Security in Stavanger, Norway. The event will bring together a select group of around 30 high-level decision-makers and experts to discuss current developments in Arctic governance, trust-building, and intelligence cooperation in the region.

A temporary base as part of an international exercise in the Arctic Circle in 2016 (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)

The Arctic "is not some niche issue on the international agenda," said Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, at last year's Roundtable on Arctic Security in Reykjavík. Since then, the region has only become more relevant, raising a couple of relevant questions: Which risks and challenges does the growing geopolitical dimension of Arctic issues bear? How can Arctic countries and their neighbours respond to military build-ups without risking a militarization of the region? How urgent is the need for greater intelligence sharing among Arctic powers? Managed properly, Arctic issues could contribute to trust-building between the West, Russia, and China; handled poorly, they have the potential to exacerbate existing tensions. Therefore, questions are high on the agenda of the MSC's upcoming Roundtable on Arctic Security.

Hosted in Stavanger, Norway, on August 27, the Roundtable is the most recent in a series of MSC events dedicated to Arctic Security. It will take place directly following the MSC's "ONS Summit" – a joint event on energy security with the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) Foundation – and alongside the ONS Conference, a major meeting of the global energy sector.

The Roundtable on Arctic Security will assemble a small group of around 30 high-level representatives of governments, militaries, intelligence communities, businesses, and academia. Among the participants will be Espen Barth Eide, Member of the Norwegian Parliament and former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence; Charles Ray, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; Sergey Kislyak, Member of the Federation Council of the Russian Parliament and former Ambassador to the United States; and Anti Pelttari, Director of the Finnish Security Intelligence Service.

The Roundtable is facilitated by the NATO Center of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, as well as the Munich Security Conference's partner in our Arctic Security Series: the Polar Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
We will provide more details and background reading for the event on Twitter (#MSCarctic), Facebook, and on our website. If you would like to receive regular updates about MSC activities, please sign up for our newsletter.

About the Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world's leading platform for debates on international security policy. With over 500 official participants and 300 observers assembled at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the annual conference provides a unique atmosphere for frank, private and mostly off-the-record exchange on present and future security challenges and solutions. In addition to its annual conference, the MSC Foundation hosts a number of smaller, albeit equally high-profile, events around the world. This includes Core Group Meetings, which have a regional focus, as well as thematic tracks, such as the Cyber Security and Technology Series, the Human Security Series, and the Defence and Security Policy Series, with Summits and Roundtables in different cities around the world.

About the Arctic Security Series
Arctic Security has become a key topic on the international security agenda: Warming at a pace of at least twice the global average, the Arctic is undergoing a dramatic transformation that has far-reaching geopolitical and security implications. The MSC aims to contribute to the emerging debate through a series of events aimed at select decision-makers and experts at the highest levels of politics, the private sector, and civil society. 

MSC Roundtables are intimate, off-the-record gatherings of no more than 40 participants that aim to facilitate frank and open debates between key actors. They typically take place throughout the year at the sidelines of high-level international events around the world.

17 August 2018, by MSC