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The Gorchakov Fund and PORA will host a roundtable on international usage of the Northern Sea Route
The Northern Sea Route is the main shipping route of Russia in the Arctic. It runs through the Arctic Ocean along the Russian coastline from the Kara Strait to Providence Bay in Chukotka. Recently, the Russian government has been implementing a strategy of development of the Northern Sea Route as an international transportation route, which is safe and attractive to foreign cargo carriers. Stable growth of the freight traffic proves that the goal is being achieved; however, its volume is still not comparable to the scale of the southern transit routes.

Does the transit through the Arctic attract foreign cargo carriers and is its development beneficial for Russia as a coastal state? What are major disagreements between Russia and other countries in regards to the sea route? What are similarities and differences between the Northern Sea Route and the Northwest Passage near the Canadian coast? And what should be the profile of the Northern Sea Route as a global transportation artery?

The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund and the Information and Analysis Center of the Project Office for Arctic Development (PORA) will host online roundtable "The Northern Sea Route: The International Transportation Corridor and Its Potential".

Discussion topics:

– a possibility of establishing a regular navigation line through the Northern Sea Route;
– legal aspects of usage of the Northern Sea Route for international transit;
– influence of the global geopolitical agenda on development of the Northern Sea Route;
– competitive ability and specifics of transportation routes through the Arctic.

The following experts were invited to attend:

Pavel Gudev, Senior Research Fellow, Sector of US Foreign and Domestic Policy, IMEMO RAS;
Yun Sun, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the East Asia Program, Director of the China Program at the Henry Stimson Center (USA);
Olga Kirdey, First Deputy CEO at Rusatom Cargo;
Frederic Labarre, Coordinator at the Partnership for Peace Consortium (Canada);
Dr. Yelena Yesina, member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, member of the Russian Geographical Society, President of the All-Russian Intersectoral Association of Employers in the Area of Environmental Protection "RusRecycling";
Arild Moe, political scientist, Senior Research Fellow at Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Lysaker (Norway).

Date and time of the event: Tuesday, July 27, 4:00 - 6:00 pm (Moscow Standard Time).

The event will be available to watch live online on the YouTube channel of the Gorchakov Fund in Russian and English.

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