Virtual talk will examine Russian militarization’s effect on scramble for resources

In guest lectures, a microcertificate course, student research and last fall’s Military Writers’ Symposium, the Arctic region became a topic of interest at Norwich University in the past 24 months. The Arctic focus continues this week in a virtual lecture anchoring the week’s activities on campus.

At noon Thursday, the U.S. Northern Command’s Watch magazine and the North American Defence and Security Network will present “Russian Arctic Militarization,” a talk featuring Dr. Rob Huebert and Dr. Katarzyna Zysk.

Alana Wilson Rowe, a research professor at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and an adjunct professor at Nord University in Bode, Norway, will moderate the talk with Troy Bouffard, director of the Center of Arctic Security and Resilience and faculty instructor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

At Norwich University’s 2021 Military Writers’ Symposium, Troy Bouffard delivered a guest address and moderated the panel discussion “Global Conflict or Cooperation? Evolving Arctic Security.”

Bouffard was a guest speaker at Norwich University’s fall 2021 Military Writers’ Symposium. He moderated the panel discussion “Global Conflict or Cooperation? Evolving Arctic Security.”

Norwich University’s Center for Cybersecurity and Research, aka CYFER, and School of Cybersecurity, Data Science and Computing are presenting the talk.

Huebert is an associate professor of political science at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Zysk is a professor of international relations and contemporary history at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, part of the Norwegian Defence University College in Oslo, Norway.

As Wilson Center Fellow Sherri Goodman and others have said on Norwich University’s campus, global warming has accelerated Arctic sea ice melt, opening access to energy reserves, shipping lanes, fisheries and minerals. The United States, Canada, Russia, Japan and China have invested financial and political capital in the region and in a furious scramble for the region’s newly open resources.

As the website Foreign Policy reports, the Arctic could also help reroute global trade and enable high-speed internet connectivity between Europe and Asia.

Meanwhile, as The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets have reported, Russia has built up its military in the High North, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has hyped the threat posed by Arctic Ocean-deployed U.S. attack submarines.

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