Diplomatic representatives and academics questioned on Defence in the Arctic

28 February 2017

The Defence Sub-Committee hold its first oral evidence session on its inquiry into Defence in the Arctic. The Committee take evidence from the diplomatic representatives from three Arctic nations, and from academics with expertise in Arctic security issues.


Wednesday 1 March 2017, The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 2.15pm

  • His Excellency Mr Claus Grube, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark
  • His Excellency Mr Thórdur Aegir Óskarsson, Ambassador of Iceland
  • His Excellency Mr Torbjörn Sohlström, Ambassador of Sweden

At 3.15pm

  • Professor Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Professor Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Professor of War Studies, University of Hull
  • Dr Dmitriy Tulupov, Senior Lecturer, School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University

Purpose of this session

The purpose of this session is to gain the perspectives of the Arctic nations on the geopolitical and security situation in the Arctic and the High North, examine whether the Arctic has entered a period of militarisation, look at the role of bi-lateral and multi-lateral organisations that are active in the Arctic, and to assess the role of the UK in Arctic security affairs

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