Russia and the Arctic Council

A KAS Nordics Report by Mathilde Roedenbeck and Mikko von Bremen

The Arctic region is currently gaining more attention for its changing significance. Due to climate changes and the increased vulnerability as well as the global geopolitical developments, the attention to the North is growing. The Arctic region had always a geopolitically relevance but the prospects of new trade routes such as the Northern Sea Route (NSR), access to previously unattainable resources and overall economic potential have raised the global interest in the Arctic and in its forums for cooperation. The Arctic Council is an example of that with its amount of observers states and organizations. The council is focusing on environmental issues and sustainable development, but security and military issues between the member states are explicitly excluded from the council’s agenda. In May 2021, Russia takes over the chairmanship in the Arctic Council from Iceland for the upcoming two years. This is the second Russian chairmanship in the Arctic Council since 2004-2006. What issues will the Russian chairmanship prioritize and what will it implicate? Due to the recent geopolitical developments, how will Russia deal with the military and security issues as chair and how might the Arctic Council evolve?

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Kleine Parlamentswahl mit großen klimapolitischen Folgen?

Politischer Machtwechsel in Grönland

Grönland hat an diesem Dienstag gewählt. Bei einer Wahlbeteiligung von 65,8 % haben 27.079 Wähler den weiteren Kurs der größten Insel der Welt bestimmt. Mit Konsequenzen, die weit über Grönland hinausreichen. Die ideologisch links-grün zu verortende Partei Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) ging im Ergebnis mit 9.822 Stimmen (36,6%) als Sieger aus der Wahl hervor und liegt so vor der sozialdemokratischen SIUMUT mit 29,4%. Sie hatte seit 1979 mit einer Unterbrechung nur zwischen 2009-2013 die jeweilige Regierung gestellt. Neben diesen beiden großen Parteien haben noch 5 weitere den Einzug ins Parlament geschafft. Normalerweise ist der Ausgang einer Wahl zum Inatsisartut, dem grönländischen Parlament mit seinen 31 Sitzen, nur eine Randnotiz in einigen Zeitungen Nordeuropas wert. Diesmal aber lohnt es sich, etwas genauer hinzuschauen.

Pragmatic and wary of Change: Icelanders' Views on International Cooperation

A KAS-funded public opinion poll about Icelanders' foreign policy preferences

What are Icelanders' views on Iceland's partnerships on the global stage? Which global partners would they prefer Iceland to cooperate with more? How do they weight different policy priorities vis-à-vis states like the US, China, and Russia, and how do they value Iceland's current and future relationship with the EU? In this KAS-funded report carried out in cooperation with the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland (IIA), Dr. Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Professor of International Affairs at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland, presents the findings from a public opinion poll carried out by the Social Science Research Institute at the University of Iceland (SSRI) between 16 November to 9 December 2020.

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Briefing Paper: The 2021 Swedish OSCE Chairpersonship

KAS Nordic Countries Project intern Mathilde Roedenbeck takes a look at the ongoing challenges for European Security and the issues facing Sweden's 2021 OSCE Chairpersonship.

OSCE and Sweden as 2021 OSCE Chairperson are facing challenges to rebuild European Security and the trust for the OSCE process. The questions is, what can the Swedish chairpersonship and the OSCE actually achieve? What are Germany's expectations and contributions to maintaining the basic principles of the OSCE-based European security order? In this briefing paper, the intern of the KAS Nordic Countries Project Mathilde Roedenbeck takes a closer look on the ongoing challenges for European Security and the most pressing issues facing Sweden during its 2021 OSCE Chairpersonship.

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The First Greenlandic Foreign Policy Opinion Poll

A KAS-funded Ilisimatusarfik study by Maria Ackrén and Rasmus Leander Nielsen

Ilisimatusarfik and The KAS Nordic Countries Project are proud to present the very first foreign policy opinion poll ever carried out in Greenland, asking Greenlanders what they think about Greenland's place in the world.

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Researcher: The EU isn’t good enough at drawing attention to its contribution to Greenland

Researcher: The EU isn’t good enough at drawing attention to its contribution to Greenland

DEBATE: Large amounts of money are being transferred from Brussels to Nuuk. But the EU is not good enough at showing how much it contributes, so ordinary Greenlanders aren’t aware of this, writes Rasmus Leander Nielsen.

In descent? Status and perspectives of Europe's Christian democratic parties

KAS Facts & Finding No. 353/July 2019

Dr. habil. Karsten Grabow, KAS Coordinator for political analysis and party research, summarized the current (in 2019) status and outlook of Europe's Christian democratic parties in this KAS briefing paper

Photo by L'Oriol.

Die unentdeckten Ressourcen der Arktispolitik der Europäischen Union

Bisher wenig beachtete Resourcen der europäischer Arktispolitik, die für die zukünftige Rolle der Europäischen Union als globalen Akteur von bedeutung sind.

In diesem Artikel haben die Autoren bisher wenig beachtete Resourcen europäischer Arktispolitik erfasst, die für die zukünftige Rolle der Europäischen Union als globalen Akteur in der Arktischen Region aber auch darüber hinaus von bedeutung sind. Es ist ein Blick über die bisher vorherrschenden Kilma- und Umweltpolitische Wahnehmung der Arktis hinaus und zeigt die Wichtigkeit dieser Region für Europa und ihre Zukunft.

Let the World Hear: Stories from the Victims of the Belarusian Dictatorship

In this anthology The Stockholm Free World Forum, with the financial support of KAS, have gathered eleven stories of the people who spoke up against the Belarusian regime.

On 9 August 2020, the Belarusian dictator Aliaksandr Lukashenka, who has ruled the country for 26 years, falsely claimed the victory in the national election.

A Timbro/KAS Report: The East German Phenomenon

The Development of Public Health and Healthcare Provision After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Timbro and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Nordic Countries Project present the English translation of professor Clas Rehnberg’s Timbro report The East German Phenomenon: The Development of Public Health and Healthcare Provision After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, whose translation into English has recently been made possible thanks to KAS’s financial assistance. Professor Rehnberg’s report chronicles the positive public health development experienced in Eastern Germany following the reunification of Germany. The report also summarises the current state of research conducted into the provision of healthcare in former East Germany. Clas Rehnberg is Professor at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics at the Karolinska Institute.