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The Arctic Crossroads: Climate, Culture & Diplomacy in the High North

Thursday 30 November 2023
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2023
Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA The Hague


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About the event

Norway is currently chair of the Arctic Council. On 30 November, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in The Hague will organise an Arctic Panel in collaboration with the MSc International Relations and Diplomacy programme at Leiden University. The panel debate will explore various aspects of the Arctic region’s development. A number of distinguished speakers, including policymakers, researchers, and regional representatives, will address topics like climate change, sustainable economic development, Arctic peoples, and challenges/opportunities in the High North.

The format of the panel will involve short presentations by the speakers, followed by a dynamic discussion led by Senior Arctic Analyst Marisol Maddox of the Wilson Center Polar Institute. After the panel debate, there will be time for the audience to join the discussion with the panelists.

More information about this event


On 11 May, Norway took over the chairship of the Arctic Council from Russia for a two-year term. Due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, all official Arctic Council meetings were temporarily halted. Despite these challenges, Norway is committed to guiding the Arctic Council through uncertain times.

The Arctic Council is a crucial platform for knowledge creation and information exchange on a range of Arctic challenges. Its role is to provide guidance on these pressing issues. In recent years, the consequences of climate change have played a particularly important role in the work of the Council and its working groups.

Norway has set the following priorities for its chairship of the Arctic Council: the oceans, climate and environment, sustainable economic development, and the people of the north. Through these focus areas, Norway is committed to the Council's objective of ensuring a stable and sustainable Arctic region.


Panellists and moderator


  • H.E. Bård Ivar Svendsen, Norwegian Ambassador to the Netherlands
  • H.E. René van Hell, Arctic Ambassador of the Netherlands
  • Anja Márjá Nystø Keskitalo, Saami Council (Advisor EU unit)
  • Martine van den Heuvel-Greve, Wageningen University & Research (Scientist and R&D Arctic)

This debate will be moderated by Marisol Maddox, Senior Arctic Analyst, Wilson Center Polar Institute

About the seminars

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

If you have any questions, please contact Arash Pourebrahimi 


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