Security and Governance in the Globalised Arctic: Nordic and International Perspectives

We reserve the right to change the programme. The conference will be held in English.

Thursday November 12
Venue: Main Hall at Aarhus University, Nordre Ringgade, 8000 Aarhus C


Bus transport for hotel guests from hotels to venue (from 7.50. Please find specific information at your hotel)





Welcome by Rector Brian Bech Nielsen (Aarhus University) and Michael Böss (Aarhus University)

09:10 Governance: Instruments of security

Professor Michael Byers (University of British Columbia): ”Present inadequacies and the need for an Arctic rule of law”


Michael Byers in conversation with Erik Vilstrup Lorenzen (Danish Arctic ambassador), Professor Steven Miller (Harvard University), Sara Olsvig (member of Inatsisartut, Parliament of Greenland, and chair of the Inuit Agaqatigiit) and Professor Stephane Roussel (École nationale d'administration publique).
Moderator: Martin Breum.




Address by the Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science Esben Lunde Larsen

11:00 Arctic dilemmas: Development in a fragile environment
Pitches by Professor Søren Rysgaard (Aarhus University and University of Manitoba) and Senior Researcher Anders Mosbech (Aarhus University): ”Environmental security in the Arctic”.

Conversation and debate on the tensions and contradictions between environmental and human security and the need for social and economic development.

Panel: Professor Minik Rosing (University of Copenhagen), Professor Ellen Margrethe Basse (Aarhus University) and professor Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv (The Arctic University of Norway).
Moderator: Martin Breum.



13:20 Geopolitics: Seas of peace or conflict?

Pitches by Professor Rob Huebert (University of Calgary) and Rear Admiral, Commandor Nils Wang (Royal Danish Defence College) followed by debate: ”The Arctic in real terms: Security and sovereignty in the Arctic region after Ukraine”.


Panel: Professor Rob Huebert, Rear Admiral, Commandor Nils Wang, Professor Alexander Sergunin (St. Petersburg State University), Research Coordinator Kristine Offerdal (Norwegian College of Defence Studies) and Foreign Editor Anna Libak.
Moderator: Martin Breum.


Coffee and tea


Address by the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen: A Safe and Secure Arctic through Cooperation


The Nordic countries and the Arctic

Professor Lassi Heininen (University of Lapland): ”Why do the Nordic countries not take joint action?”


Debate: ”Is an extended Nordic and North Atlantic cooperation on security policy and foreign policy required?”

Panel: MP Rasmus Jarlov (chair of the Danish Parliament’s defence committee), MP Sjurdur Skaale (chair of the Arctic task force in the Danish Parliament), MP Aaja Chemnitz Larsen (Inuit Ataqatigiit, member of Folketinget, and member of The Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region), MP Henrik Dam Kristensen (chair of the Nordic Council of Ministers delegation), Margunn Ebbesen (member of the Norwegian Parliament (Conservative Party) and member of the Delegation for Arctic Parliamentary Cooperation), Aleqa Hammond (Siumut) and Senior Researcher Hans Mouritzen (DIIS)


End of programme in the Main Hall


Buses depart for Aarhus Concert Hall


Reception hosted by the City of Aarhus (at Aarhus Concert Hall). Welcome by Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard


Public lecture by Professor John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago: ”The Role of the West in the Present Global Insecurity” (at Aarhus Concert Hall)


Debate on the security in the Arctic with former foreign ministers Per Stig Møller, Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Holger K. Nielsen and journalist and security policy commentator at the Danish Broadcasting Company DR Tage Baumann (at Aarhus Concert Hall)


Short break with a glass of vine - courtesy of the Canadian Embassy


Introduction to artist and singer Mari Boine and concert with Mari Boine trio


Dinner at Restaurant johan r at Aarhus Concert Hall

23:30 Time to say goodbye


Friday November 13
Venue: The Conference Center at Aarhus University, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 4, 8000 Aarhus C

Bus transport for hotel guests from hotels to venue (from 8.05- ). Please find specific information at your hotel.
08:15 Registration
09.00 Plenum opening by Michael Böss and transfer to workshop rooms
09:15 Panels and workshops (click on the individual titles to read more)
1. Arctic Security Dynamics – Interstate Competition, Resources, and the Impact of the Ukraine Crisis
2. Sovereignty and the rights of indigenous peoples
3. The Global Arctic seen from the Nordic and other Arctic Countries: Climate Change and the Rise of Asia
4. Challenges to Social Health in the Arctic
5. Energy security and environment governance
6. Fragility and resilience of Arctic Ecosystems, myths and reality, implications for Ecosystem-based Management
7. Arctic Science Diplomacy
8. New technologies for the Arctic
9. Search and Rescue in the Arctic
15:30 Coffee
16:00 Plenum session
Panel: Professor Michael Byers (University of British Columbia); professor Stephane Roussel (École nationale d'administration publique); Professor Minik Rosing (University of Copenhagen); Suzanne Lalonde; Assistant professor Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen (Univerity of Southern Denmark)
16:45 Refreshment and networking (Main Hall)
17:15 End of conference
Lunch and transfer at 12:00-13:15 at STAKLADEN. Refreshments in the morning during the workshops and in the afternoon at 15.30. The conference ends at 17:15. Please note no busses to hotels after the conference.