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CIC Victoria: Canada’s Interest in a Changing Arctic

October 10, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm PDT


The post-Cold War optimism around the possibilities for greater Arctic cooperation has since given way to a period of prolonged uncertainty. In addition to new tensions among the eight Arctic states, non-Arctic countries, notably China, are pursuing robust circumpolar policies that call further into question whether the institutions for regional governance will be able to manage Arctic affairs in the coming years. In this context, what are Canada’s interests in the Arctic, and how can they be achieved? What is the state of Canadian Arctic policy under the Trudeau Government? And what are the challenges and opportunities that are likely to confront Canada in the changing Arctic in the near future? In his not-to-be-missed talk, Dr. Greaves, a leading Arctic expert, will place a Canadian perspective on the “race for the Arctic”, and assess whether to expect a polar gold-rush for the resources of tomorrow, or a continuing struggle for survival in one of the most challenging and isolated regions of the world.

Speaker’s Biography

Wilfrid (Will) Greaves is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Victoria. His main research examines the intersections between security theory and environmental politics with focuses on climate change, energy extraction, Indigenous peoples, and the circumpolar Arctic. He has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and co-edited One Arctic: The Arctic Council and Circumpolar Governance. His monograph, Arctic In/Security: Polar Politics, Indigenous Peoples, and Environmental Change in Canada and Norway, is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press. Will holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and was previously a Lecturer at the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice and Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Sámi Studies at the Arctic University of Norway.


CIC Member Price: $30.00
CIC Student Member Price: $15.00
CIC Young Professional Member Price: $20.00
Non-Member Price: $40.00
Non-Member Student Price: $20.00

Contact Person: Paula Skippon – cic.victoria.sec@gmail.com


October 10, 2018
11:30 am - 1:30 pm PDT
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Victoria, BC V8W 1Z6 Canada
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CIC Victoria Branch
The Union Club of BC