Past events at the Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland

iceOn top of its research, publication, and educational developement CAPS has hosted and participated in a number of events this autumn ranging from round table discussions to record breaking conferences. Here are some of the highlights:

August 2. Topic: Climate Change in Northern Territories. NRF Conference in Akureyri with participation from CAPS.

September 5. Topic: Subarctic strategies. Roundtable discussion at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. Presentation on Iceland’s Arctic Strategy by Kristinn Schram, director of CAPS.

September 26. Topic: The shaping of Arctic societies and regions. A talk given by Kristinn Schram, and Katla Kjartansdóttir, EDDA researcher at RANNÍS, on an IIA hosted research project.

September 27. Topic: Arctic Research. Full day presention by CAPS at the RANNÍS Science Fair.

October 3. Topic: Greenland, Iceland and the Arctic, Seminar hosted by CAPS; Welcome remarks by H.E. Mette Kjuel Nielsen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Iceland. Presentation by Dr. Damien Degeorges, Founder of the Arctic Policy and Economic Forum. Discussion moderated by Kristinn Schram.

October 4. Topic: Re-territorializing the “Westnordic Arctic”: Perspectives of Crypto-colonialism and Mobility (conference)
Keynote speaker: Michael Herzfeld, Professor, Harvard University. A number of domestic and foreign academics also participated in the conference.

October 7.  Topic: CAPS and Icelandic Arctic Strategy. Presentation to the EU Ambassadors in Iceland. Speakers: Kristinn Schram and Alyson Bailes.

October 9. Topic: Politics and Sovereignty in the Arctic. A session at the Arctic Energy Summit, Chaired by Kristinn Schram. Speakers:  Michael John Laiho, Mikå Mered, Mia Bennet.

October 12. Topic: Extractive Industries, the Environment and Climate Change. A session at the Arctic Circle. Among speakers: Margrét Cela.

October 13. Full day presentation of Arctic research in the University of Iceland. Margrét Cela and Kristinn Schram.

October 14: Topic: Emerging trends in the West Nordic Arctic. A session organized by CAPS for the Arctic Circle 2013, Reykjavík. Chaired by Margrét Cela. Speakers: Kristinn Schram; Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Assistant Professor of History, University of Iceland; Sigríður Huld Blöndal, International Relations, University of Iceland; Lára Jóhannsdóttir, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Business, University of Iceland; Egill Þór Níelsson, Researcher, Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and Þórður Þórarinsson, Secretary-General, West Nordic Council Secretariat.

October 25. Topic: Arctic Challenges in the West Nordic Region. At the Þjóðarspegill Conference.
Speakers: Margrét Cela, Kristinn Schram, Katla Kjartansdóttir, Sumarliði Ísleifsson, and others

October 31. Topic: Natural resources and societies in the Arctic. A roundtable discussion hosted by CAPS  with Jean-Dominique Wahiche from the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle; Luc Fuhrman, from the French Embassy; Jörundar Svavarson and Gísli Pálsson from the University of Iceland and Ásdís Jónsdóttir  from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Moderated by Kristinn Schram.

November 15. Topic: West Nordic Studies. CAPS participated at the Day of the High North. CAPS presented a poster about a service project being carried out by the centre. The project is coordinating the work of five universities building a joint master programme called West Nordic Studies, Governance and Sustainable Management. The partner universities are University of Iceland, University of Akureyri, University of Greenland, University of the Faroe Islands and University of Nordland.

November 16. CAPS participated in a seminar on Chinese – Arctic Affairs hosted by the Reykjavík Academy and the The Northern Lights Confucius Institute. Margrét Cela talked about some of the developments in the High North and China’s interests in the region.

November 25-26. Topic: Foreign Policy and the Arctic. CAPS participated in an international conference in Copenhagen. The conference was about foreign policy issues. Kristinn Schram, explained Iceland’s policy towards the Arctic. The IIA Director, Pia Hansson, also spoke about Icelandic peacekeeping and defence cooperation.

Open events from the IIA in November

In addition to the open events from CAPS and the events mentioned in the previous TEPSA newsletter, the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland, in cooperation with the Centre for Small State Studies and the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies organised several open seminars in November. These include:

November 13. Topic: Gender in Nordic Climate Policy: Does Equal Representation Make a Difference? Speaker: Dr. Gunnhildur Lily Magnúsdóttir, Assistant Professor in International Politics and European Studies at the University of Malmö.

November 20. Topic: ‘From Afghanistan to Syria and Beyond: A Post-Interventionist Era?’ Speaker: Andrew Cottey, Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in the Department of Government, University College Cork, Ireland.

November 27. Topic: Åland, a demilitarized zone in a new age of security.  A talk by the Head of the Åland government, Camilla Gunell. With comments by Alyson JK Bailes, Adjunct Professor, University of Iceland. Introduced by Irma Ertman, Ambassador of Finland at Reykjavik.

Discussing the Arctic and Icelandic Peacekeeping Missions

In late November 2013 Mrs. Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute, and Mr. Kristinn Schram, Director of the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies, participated in a seminar at the Danish Institute for International Studies titled Nordic Foreign and Security Policy. In her talk Mrs. Hansson discussed Iceland´s participation in peacekeeping missions, with an emphasis on the Icelandic public´s negative views towards participation in operations that require the bearing of arms. She concluded that the discourse in Iceland had more to do with the country´s image as a small peaceful island than its possible contribution to conflict resolution and peace building. In his talk, Mr. Schram discussed Iceland´s policy towards the Arctic and how Iceland has made use of formal multilateral cooperation and in leveraging the Arctic Council and Nordic frameworks to its advantage.