The overall goal of the summer course 'The Politics of Maritime Security in the Arctic' that takes place in Nuuk, Greenland, from 12-25 August 2019 is to facilitate an understanding of how safety and security is organized and regulated regionally, nationally and locally in the Arctic in general and for instance as part of the politics within the Danish Realm including the multilevel links between Danish governmental authorities and the sub-state authorities of the Faroe Islands and Greenland. How are sub-state entities represented in relevant regional organizations in the Arctic like the Working Group of the Arctic Council on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) and the Arctic Coast Guard Forum? What is their role in the geopolitics of the Arctic? The summer course also serves as a lens to investigate different scales of Arctic politics and their interconnectedness. Taking place in Nuuk, the participants in the course will have access to a wide range of public policy decision-makers involved in maritime security, Danish and Greenlandic authorities that are responsible for the emergency preparedness system, shipping companies and other stakeholders of maritime activities.
The point of departure for the summer course will be the narratives of regional change in the Arctic that are framing the conceptions and perspectives of safety and security: Climate change results in melting sea ice. This is often articulated as opening up economic opportunities that will result in increased maritime activities and societal change in the Arctic, but also internationalization and increased economic, social and political interdependence between regional Arctic and global development. Theoretically, the course will build on recent and ongoing research activities, including developments within security studies, public policy and maritime security.
The course 'The Politics of Maritime Security in the Arctic' is a collaboration between Ilisimatusarfik, the University of Greenland, Memorial University of Newfoundland and University of Copenhagen and financially supported by the University of the Arctic (UArctic). There is funding for travel, accommodations and per diems for 5 students from Memorial University (as well as 15 from Greenland and 5 from Denmark).
For more information, contact our Module I co-investigator Robert Brown, at Robert.Brown@mi.mun.ca. Students should be registered at the University of Copenhagen by April 15, 2019.