Opportunities and Challenges of Norwegian-Russian Economic Cooperation

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)
Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall (map)

Join us April 5th for coffee and conversation looking at Norwegian-Russian economic cooperation with Dr. Frode Nilssen.

The Arctic area is home to an abundance of natural resources; seafood, oil and gas and minerals. This not only makes the area highly interesting for economic activities, but also (or consequently) this makes the Arctic a strategically important area for the states involved.

Norway has collaborated with Russia and the Soviet Union for more than 40 years around joint resource management, which is considered to be quite successful from a biological perspective. The successful co-management of the fish stocks in the Barents sea has contributed as a positive element in the political relationship between Norway and Russia in other areas as well.

Russia’s attitude to Norway’s sovereignty claims and policy in the Svalbard area has been a delicate matter. One may in many respect say that this game may be seen as a play between political intentions and interests and economic realities and rational adaptation. Nilssen’s talk will elaborate on these issues as well as raise a few questions around the topic.

Frode Nilssen is a professor at Nord University Business School, and has extensive experience from scientific collaboration and research related to the Arctic Areas in general and the role and significance of the relationship to Russia in particular. The main topics that he has been working with for the past 30 years relates to the tension between Economic Behavior, Bilateral and Multilateral Governance and Politics in exploitation of natural resources. Nilssen has, amongst others, been Fisheries counsellor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow, a researcher and research director at the Norwegian Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture, and currently holds the position as professor in marketing and section head at the Nord University Business School.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.


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