MSC hosting Roundtable on Arctic Security in Helsinki on May 7

On May 7, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will convene a Roundtable on Arctic Security in Helsinki, Finland. The event will bring together a select group of around 40 key decision-makers and experts to discuss the current state of cooperation in the Arctic, alternate models of governance, and intelligence activities in the region.

An impression from the Roundtable on Arctic Security in Stavanger, August 2018 (Photo: MSC / Kuhlmann)

In the Arctic, "major powers have steadily increased their economic activities – but also their military footprint. This poses both opportunities but also challenges for multilateral cooperation," observed Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference. These opportunities and challenges are not unique to the Arctic – in fact, many maritime regions in other parts of the world face similar ones due to geopolitical developments and their effects. However, best practice of oceans governance is rarely exchanged between actors from different regions. The upcoming MSC Roundtable on Arctic Security has the aim of breaking with that pattern. Its discussions will focus both on models of cooperation practiced elsewhere in the world that can help manage sources of tension in the Arctic, as well as patterns of collaboration that have flourished in the Arctic and might improve governance of other maritime regions.

Hosted in the Finnish capital of Helsinki on May 7, the Roundtable is the most recent in a prolific series of MSC events dedicated to Arctic Security. It will take place parallel to the Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, the leading intergovernmental forum for the Arctic States and other stakeholders, which is held in Rovaniemi, Finland.

The Roundtable on Arctic Security will assemble a small group of around 40 high-level representatives of governments, militaries, the intelligence community, business, and academia. Among the participants will be Timo Soini, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland; Clive Johnstone, Commander of NATO's Allied Maritime Command; Sergey Kislyak, Member of the Federation Council of the Russian Parliament and former Ambassador to the United States; and select members of the international intelligence community.

The Roundtable is hosted in cooperation with the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and with the support of the Finnish government. It is facilitated by the Munich Security Conference's partner in our Arctic Security Series, the Polar Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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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.

26 April 2019, by MSC