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CFP: The European Union, Canada & the Arctic: International Policy on the Arctic

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Date: 10 March 2011 08:26
Subject: CFP: The European Union, Canada, and the Arctic: International Policy on the Arctic

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The European Union, Canada, and the Arctic: International Policy on the Arctic
Ottawa, Canada, 22-23 September 2011 (please note corrected date)

The Carleton University Centre for European Studies (European Union Centre of Excellence) will host a conference considering transatlantic relations in and comparative policy towards the Arctic, with particular attention to the role of Canada, the EU, and the EU's member states, as well as the interaction of these actors with other Arctic countries or players. The themes of the conference will include the following, and proposals for papers are invited on these or related topics: the environment; energy development; natural resource management; international security; borders and ocean boundaries; the regional governance regime; indigenous peoples as participants in Arctic policy and governance.

Submission of proposals

Authors should submit an abstract, details of affiliation and a brief curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages) by April 10, 2011 to the Centre for European Studies ( with a subject line "Arctic conference". Authors will be notified whether the proposal is accepted by May 1, 2011. This conference is supported, in part, by a grant from the European Commission. A limited number of small grants to partially cover expenses associated with participation in the conference may be offered, based on financial need. If you wish to apply for such funding, please submit an additional letter indicating your financial need.

For further information you may contact Prof. Inger Weibust ( or Prof. Joan DeBardeleben (


Over the last several years, the Arctic has received increased international attention and been a source of some diplomatic tension as a consequence of apparently accelerating climatic change
and a fluid geopolitical environment. The shrinking polar ice cap is a barometer of the changes being wrought by global environmental change. The claims and counter-claims to jurisdiction by the various coastal states as well as the controversial contention that the Arctic is a regional rather than a global concern illustrate the strategic jockeying for positions in the international community.

While the Arctic is part of the Canadian geographical imagery, Canadian government policy in the region has tended to be disarticulated and nearly as sparse as the communities that dot the Arctic landscape. The present Canadian government has sought to change that impression and to address the North in a variety of policy initiatives as well as high profile visits by the Prime Minister and Governor General.

While the European Union now has a Northern Dimension policy and member states with territory in the Arctic Circle, the EU has, until relatively recently, lacked a strategic approach to the region. Yet, it is now a concern, for the EU, for certain member states and for the EU's immediate neighbours.

This is because the Arctic contains within it a host of international and transnational issues, pertaining to, inter alia, the global environment, the rights of indigenous communities, management of the oceans and their resources, the exploitation and distribution of the resultant wealth of the natural resources under the ocean floor, as well as the military strategic and commercial implications of the opening of the Northwest Passage.

While in some regards Canada and Europe have similar yet competing interests in the region in terms of control and regulation of resources or management of the physical and diplomatic environment, they also share common concerns such as regional development, the viability and prosperity of local communities, and the role of indigenous peoples in these changes and the regimes intended to manage them.

This international conference on the Arctic, sponsored by Carleton University's EU Centre of Excellence in Ottawa, solicits papers on topics relating to these matters which may also address: legal and other jurisdictional disputes; economic analysis of the development potential in the region; governance at the local, regional and global level, including the Arctic Council; strategic concerns and the comparison of national interests in the Arctic; comparative analyses of national policies towards the Arctic; and transatlantic relations with regard to the North.

Northern Research Network

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