Report on the 7th ArCS II International Politics Seminar “the war in Ukraine, European and Arctic security, and implications for Japan－A panel discussion”
Reported by Fujio Ohnishi (Hokkaido University)
Related Research Program: International Relations
On March 15, 2023, the ArCS II International Relations convened the 7th ArCS II International Relations Seminar on “the war in Ukraine, European and Arctic security, and implications for Japan”.
This seminar took the form of a panel discussion. The first panelist, Professor Magnus Petersson, Head of the Department of Economic History and International Relations at Stockholm University, discussed the implications of Putin’s war in Ukraine for European security, touching on such issues as Finland’s and Sweden’s decisions to join NATO. Paal Sigurd Hilde, Associate Professor at the Norwegian Defense Research Institute, examined the implications of the war for Arctic security and governance. He also discussed the impact of the war on world politics, arguing that the composition of the new Cold War between democracies and authoritarian states is becoming clearer. The final panelist, Associate Professor Fujio Ohnishi, discussed the strategic implications of the war for Japan and its Arctic policy. After each of the panelists made initial remarks, a lively and free discussion ensued, moderated by Ohnishi.