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Policy and solutions / Who owns the North Pole?
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:04:50 AM »
As climate change has led to record sea ice decline, the Arctic has surfaced as a region of global geopolitical relevance and the international attention zooming in on the Arctic turn it to the object of territorial claims. The Arctic states have carried out extensive research for years, often in joint operations, to prepare their CLCS (UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf) submissions.

Denmark’s claims are based on the idea that Greenland’s continental shelf naturally continues to from the Lomonosov Ridge. But according to scientists, the Lomonosov Ridge is a natural extension of the Eurasian continental margin into the Arctic Basin.

More than that, according to the experts, in its claim Denmark used the published Russian scientific data, in particular, the geological information. Have the Danes really engaged in ‘geological plagiarism’ just to get the titbit?

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Policy and solutions / Let's make business!
« on: August 18, 2018, 07:44:12 AM »
The Arctic… This once-inhospitable corner of the world is becoming the next global commons as the polar ice cap melts. Increasingly navigable seaways and new access to natural resources create new opportunities for greater collaboration between Arctic and non-Arctic nations.
To look at this issue in depth, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University convened a working group which issued the report called “The New Arctic: Navigating the Realities, Possibilities, and Problems”. Click on that link: https://isd.georgetown.edu/sites/isd/files/the_new_arctic_-_working_group_report_2018.pdf
The researchers concluded that resource extraction and expanded sea lines will be of particular importance in the coming years.
Unfortunately, we do not cooperate with the largest player in the Arctic – Russia, because of political tensions. But everyone knows that the joint work on the implementation of projects is helping to strengthen mutually beneficial relations.
As an entrepreneur I can say that, from an economic perspective, there is much to think about. Because under the Russian ice there is more oil than in the OPEC countries all together. However the launch of new projects in this region is associated with high costs and the need of advanced technologies. And in order to develop these territories Moscow is ready to go for a dialogue and concessions.
At the moment, the best example of successful international cooperation in the region is Russian-Chinese Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project – the construction of a plant for the production of liquefied natural gas with a capacity of about 16,5 million tons. Here is the link:
https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d774e3245444e79457a6333566d54/share.htms
Besides, melting ice means new polar routes, shortened transit times and significant commercial advantages. What Moscow calls the Northern Sea Route (NSR) stretches across 3, 000 miles. Russia will no doubt seek business partners to develop the NSR infrastructure.
So why not taking this opportunity? I think the time to think not about politics but about economic benefits has come! Nothing personal, just business.

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There has been much written about the motivation of observers to join the Arctic Council, including articles on this forum. But the biggest question remains: what are the benefits of observer status within the Arctic Council?
I think they rather have obligations than real opportunities to gain something. First of all, minutes from Council meetings do not record any comments from observers during general plenary discussions. Secondly, observers neither providing suggestions about Council projects, nor contributing any scientific research or engaging actively in the work of the institution. And finally, observers are encouraged to make relevant contributions, particularly within the working groups of the Council.
As for the Netherland’s prospective, despite an accredited status, our impact on Council affairs is very limited. :'( The country rarely provides comments in Council meetings and does not currently sponsor any Council projects. But we spend large amounts of money to send representatives to far-flung northern locales to gain intangibles. And it happens to all observers.
So I would like to warn those who have an idea to become an observer. Think twice before you decide! Otherwise you will sit in the back rows of the meeting room as we do it now. :-\ :-\ :-\

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