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CIC Calgary: Changing Strategic Nature of the Arctic – Back to the Cold War

March 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT


In 2019, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo identified Russia and China as posing direct Arctic threats, and chastised Canada for its claim on the Northwest Passage. His identification of the Arctic region as a new zone of strategic competition challenges the prevailing understanding that since the end of the Cold War, the arctic had become a region of “exceptional” peace and cooperation.

Featuring Dr. Rob Huebert, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary, this event will analyze key questions: What is the new arctic maritime security environment that is now developing? Why is competition and conflict now overtaking cooperation? What does this mean for Canada? Canada has been one of the leading advocates of a peaceful and cooperative Arctic, but is also a member of both NATO and NORAD, so how will Canada navigate this increasingly complex environment?
A moderated audience Q&A period will follow the presentation.

About Our Speaker:
Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He also served as the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was appointed as a member to the Canadian Polar Commission (now renamed Canada Polar Knowledge) for a term lasting from 2010 to 2015. He is also a research fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Dr. Huebert has taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University and the University of Manitoba. He publishes on the issue of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security and Canadian Defence. His work has appeared in International Journal; Canadian Foreign Policy; Isuma- Canadian Journal of Policy Research and Canadian Military Journal. He was co-editor of Commercial Satellite Imagery and United Nations Peacekeeping and Breaking Ice: Canadian Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North. He also comments on Canadian security and Arctic issues in both the Canadian and international media.

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March 23, 2021
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
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