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Russian Chairmanship of the Arctic Council


From May 2021, Russia will chair the Arctic Council for two years. During this period, Moscow vows to promote economic development and environmental protection of the polar region. At the same time, Russia continues to implement its ambitious political, economic and military agenda. However, the country is also facing long-lasting social and demographic difficulties that limit its action in the area. 

The Russian Chairmanship of the Arctic Council research axis within the Russia / Eurasia Center provides analysis on Russian strategy and public policy in the Arctic region. It also tackles infrastructural issues such as the development of the Northern Sea Route, the continuation of industrial gas projects in the Yamal Peninsula, and future oil and mining projects in the Taimyr Peninsula. Finally, this research axis pays a particular attention to Russia’s relations with other Arctic states and non-Arctic powers. 



Director of Ifri's Russia / Eurasia Center

Florian VIDAL

Associate Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center


Despite the deterioration of its relations with the West and economic stagnation limiting its room for maneuver, Russia continues to have an ambitious policy for the Arctic region.

By: Mikaa MERED

According to a 2008 estimate, the Arctic hosts approximately 412 billion barrels of oil equivalent of conventional oil and gas resources. And since then, following the so-called shale revolution and technology improvements, numbers have gone even higher. 


The return of more conflictual relations between Russia and the West following Russia’s intervention in Eastern Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea has led to a deterioration in the strategic environment for Northern European countries, particularly in the Baltic Sea Region and the Arctic.

Wednesday 27 January 2021
from 13:00 to 14:30 - Videoconferences

The Arctic region has enjoyed lasting political stability for several decades. However, the region is very vulnerable to the acceleration of climate change, and in addition, it is subject to growing interest from global powers eager to explore its geo-economic and geo-strategic potential....

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