“The Arctic within EU Strategies: A Renewed Centrality”, Luca Cinciripini (IAI, Italy)

In June 2023, the Arctic Council resumed its work after a year’s suspension in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Council is a pillar of the institutional architecture of the region; the main framework for cooperation between the Arctic states that also involves the North’s indigenous peoples in issues of environmental protection and sustainable development. In recent years, the overlap between climate and security crises has profoundly transformed the region, generating economic opportunities but also endangering local populations and amplifying international competition. The European Union, which is increasingly interested in the issue of climate security (the multiplier effect of climate change and its, even indirect, impact on security risks spanning several dimensions – economic, human and political), has long tried to devise an Arctic policy that takes into account such changes by tackling emerging challenges and grasping opportunities.

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