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"The Russian Far East, Arctic and China: reshaping Northeast Asia in the 21st Century?” Conference

Conference organised by Centre for Rising Powers “The Russian Far East, Arctic and China: Reshaping Northeast Asia in the 21st Century?” Focuses on energy infrastructure and transport connectivity in regional cooperative dynamics in the Russian Far East, Northern Sea Route, and Northeast Asia, around themes: geopolitics, economics and environment; shipping and ports; gas and pipelines; and logistics and finance.
When May 25, 2017 09:00 PM to
May 26, 2017 04:30 PM
Where Scott Polar Research Institute (Cambridge)
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Contact Phone +44 (0)1223 767262
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This conference examines the Asia Pacific Rim (APR) relationship that spans the Russian Far East (RFE) and the Russian Arctic – the critical region of intense economic and diplomatic initiatives by Northeast Asian countries in recent years. The key concept examined by the Conference is one of “connectivity” – physical, capital, and human linkages that create new balances in infrastructural power and network dynamics, affecting national interests and commercial calculus of logistics, shipping, oil & gas, and financial industries.


Northeast Asia with its huge population, enormous economic potential, and geographically strategic position  in the APR is a growing nexus for a number of diverse strategic alliances.

 Some of these may expand overland westward from China across Eurasia to Scandinavia; this conference evaluates the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the emerging seaward route from Asia to Europe via the RFE, and the Arctic’s Northern Sea Route (NSR).


  • Convening representatives from leading Arctic research centres in China, Russia, Japan, Korea and Singapore, with the aim to gain insights into the long-term thinking of their governments and businesses
  • Bringing Cambridge expertise to bear on maritime science, law, social and environmental management, regional politics, and public policy. The Scott Polar Research Institute and the Lauterpacht Institute for International Law are key partners in our ongoing research;
  • Providing an interdisciplinary and multi-sector perspective on developmental issues that are very much linked in the strategic calculus of Moscow and Beijing in their Eurasian investment plans (EEU and Belt Road Initiative, respectively), which are not typically represented in industry or academic conferences.

 The Conference will take place over two consecutive days May 25-26 2017, at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER

  • Guest speakers will be from the RF, Asia, US, UK and Europe.
  • Members of the press and industry specialist journalists will be invited.
  • CRP will issue invitations for selective members of the embassies, governments, industry and commerce, the military/intelligence communities, and academia.

Conference Programme

Conference registration fee for Corporate delegates: £250


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