History doesn’t repeat itself, but it tends to project itself to the future. The publication of Norman Angell’s The Great Illusion in 1910 revealed a general optimism with respect to the progresses of civilization and the prosperity of a globalized economy, it assured that the war is extremely unlikely to happen. It took only four years to witness the sudden deterioration of European countries’ relations and the outbreak of the First World War. People still try to understand the reasons how could a deep financial and economic interdependence of nations became a ferocious competition for survival.
After the global financial crisis of 2008, it seems that the general perception of relationship among nations starts to change. In spite of the Peaceful Development objective insisted by Chinese government, its neighbors are getting nervous about Beijing’s increased assertiveness with respect of the issues such as territorial sovereignty and natural resource exploitation in the East and South China Seas. In the Northeast Asia, North Korea’s power succession renders the situation in this area even more uncertain. The Obama’s administration’s pivot to Asia seems only to prove the precariousness of its once powerful presence, and the growing security reassurance of its Asian allies. In the Middle East and North Africa, the Islamic movement revives the regional security concerns; its violence shakes the rest of the world. Last but not least, the Ukrainian crisis confronts Russia with NATO; all seem to mention that the geopolitical issue doesn’t fade out with the end of the Cold War.
What impacts do these international events bring to our perception of the global security in general, and of the Arctic issue in particular?
|THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014|
|9:00 am||Coffee & Pastries|
|9:30 am||Opening Remarks
Stéphane Roussel, Professor of Political Science, École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) and Director, CIRRICQ
|9:45 am||Arctic Security Language: Meanings and Politics
Ting-Sheng Lin, Professor of Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal
Joël Plouffe, PhD Candidate, École nationale d’administration publique, Research Fellow, CIRRICQ, & Managing Editor, Arctic Yearbook
Piskunova Ekaterina, Fellow, Centre d’études et de recherches sur la sécurité internationale, Université de Montréal
Pascale Bourbonnais, Ice Analyst, Enfotec, FedNav
Olga Alexeeva, Professor, Department of History, Université du Québec à Monrtéal
|11:00 am||Coffee Break & Discussion Session
|1:30 pm||Arms Race in the Arctic: Coming or Happening?|
|Stéphane Roussel, Professor, École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) & Director, CIRRICQ
Marc-André Houle, PhD candidate, Université du Québec à Montréal
Zhang Yao, Director, Center for Maritime and Polar Region Studies of the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies
Igor Novikov, Third Secretary, Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada
Malte Humpert, Executive Director, The Arctic Institute, Washington, DC
|2:45 pm||Coffee Break & Discussion Session|
|4:15 pm||Closing Remarks
Ting-Sheng Lin, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal