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The Relationship Revisited: Canada-Russia Arctic Workshop

The Relationship Revisited
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The Relationship Revisited: Canada-Russia Arctic Workshop
June 17, 2013
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The Relationship Revisited was held in April 2013 at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary, and was hosted by the Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program. This workshop was held under the Chatham House Rule, and as such participants' names do not appear in this final report.

This workshop focused on Canadian-Russian relations in the Arctic, with an emphasis on the Russian human rights record towards its northern indigenous population and the general decline in East-West relations in recent years. Discussion focused on analysing these problems and putting them into the context of the general improvement in circumpolar cooperation which has seen resource and jurisdictional disagreements resolved or managed in the spirit of international cooperation and in keeping with international law. Speakers discussed the way forward for Canada and Russia, how the two states might cooperate in the future and how we might ensure that Arctic relations evolve in a friendly and productive manner.

Fuelling discussion at the workshop was the Working Papers on Arctic Security series paper by Dr. Ron Wallace and Ryan Dean, titled A Circumpolar Convergence: Canada, Russia, the Arctic Council and RAIPON.