San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Dr. Nicholas Breyfogle will present his talk, "Russia and the Race for the Arctic."
Global climate variations have caused unprecedented changes to the Arctic environment, especially a rapid decrease in the summer sea ice sheet. While perilous to the survival of the iconic polar bear, many humans are watching these changes with an eye to what riches an open Arctic Ocean might bring forth: in oil and gas, mining, and open-water transportation. Five countries can lay claim to the potential wealth of the Arctic Ocean: Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States. But it is Russia and Canada in particular that have jumped out to the early lead in this new race for the Arctic. In this talk, Nicholas Breyfogle explores Russia's long history in the Arctic and the roots of its current assertive policies in the region.
When & Where
The Clio Society of the Department of History
The Clio Society of the Department of History promotes the life-long learning of history for personal enrichment; engage students, colleagues, and friends in the exchange of information and ideas about history outside of the realm of traditional academic classes and seminars; builds a social network of students, colleagues, and friends who share a common interest in history, and; provides a sustained, broad-based support for the History Department.