SPEAKER: Linda Jakobson, Acting Director of the China and Global Security Programme of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
With global warming, the prospect of the Arctic being navigable during summer months has become real. That has impelled the Chinese government to allocate more resources to research on the energy-rich Arctic region.
Several Chinese academics have encouraged their government to be aware of the political, economic and military implications of shorter shipping routes and untapped energy resources. However, Chinese officials advocate caution for fear of causing alarm and provoking countermeasures among the Arctic states. Beijing-based SIPRI Senior Researcher Linda Jakobson will discuss a new report she authored: “China and the High North prepare for an ice-free Arctic”. The report is is based on Chinese sources and interviews with Chinese scholars and officials. Press Release, Report
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Linda Jakobson is the Acting Programme Director and Beijing-base Senio Researcher of the China and Global Security Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). She previously worked for ten years at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), most recently as Director of China Programme and Senior Researcher. Jakobson has lived and worked in China for over 15 years and published six books on Chinese politics, foreign policy, and East Asian society. Jakobson’s research at SIPRI focuses on China’s foreign and security policy as well as regional security issues in Northeast Asia.