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Opening up the Arctic: Prospects, Paradoxes and Geopolitical Implications

Chatham House, London

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Speakers include:
Charles Emmerson, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Robert Blaauw, Senior Adviser, Global Arctic Theme, Shell International
HE Nicola Clase, Ambassador of Sweden to the United Kingdom
Chair: Roger Harrabin, Environment Analyst, BBC


The unprecedented retreat of sea ice and the opening up of the Arctic are becoming increasingly influential factors for international trade, climate change and natural resources. The Arctic thaw potentially presents the unlocking of mineral wealth and faster, cheaper trade routes, whilst also amplifying global climate disruption.

The panel will assess the geo-political and economic implications of the Arctic opening, and what challenges and opportunities these pose to investors, infrastructure, local livelihoods and ecology.



Arctic Opening: Opportunity and Risk in the High North
Chatham House-Lloyd's Risk Insight Report
Charles Emmerson and Glada Lahn, April 2012