Climate change, navigation lanes, sovereignty and resource extraction in the Arctic are subject to growing international attention.
Now, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is drawing the debate into the limelight at a conference on March 28 to address the region's future.
Experts on the countries with the longest Arctic coastlines will convene from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the "Who 'Owns' the Arctic?" conference at The Carolina Inn and the FedEx Global Education Center.
The conference is hosted by the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies in conjunction with the Center for Canadian Studies at Duke University, in partnership with the Government of Canada, the country with the world's second-longest Arctic coastline.
Confirmed conference speakers include:
Conference participants include leading researchers and practitioners who will discuss issues related to Arctic energy and resource management from U.S., Canadian, Russian, Western European and other perspectives.
The conference coincides with the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, which grants sovereign states exclusive rights to all internal waters and territorial waters extending 12 nautical miles from shore. Debates about the convention's implementation have been driving forces for the gathering.
Conference proceedings will be conveyed in real time through Twitter via the hashtag #ArcticUNCDuke and recorded and distributed via Vimeo following the conference. Selected conference papers will be published by the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Register online at www.ArcticUNCDuke.com.
UNC Global contact: Katie Bowler, firstname.lastname@example.org, (919) 962-4505
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