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Lecture: Arctic Politics
Thanks to global warming, the Arctic icecap is melting so rapidly that countries are lining up for new opportunities related to oil, gas, fish, tourism and trade routes. Lastly, both the US and Russia are exploring ways to place military forces on and under the icecaps.
Prof. Lauwrens Hacquebord has been to the Polar region dozens of times for research and will explain more about the Arctic politics. He is retired professor of Arctic and Antarctic Studies, and former Director of the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen and of the Willem Barentsz Polar Institute. He conducts research at the interface of archaeology, history and physical geography, studying topics such as the melting of the polar caps and its consequences. Hacquebord studied Physical Geography at Utrecht University and Archaeology at the University of Groningen. He was a Council member of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and chairman of the group Human and Social Systems in Polar Areas of the IASC.