Join us in this insightful conversation with Professor Klaus Dodds, as we traverse the complex landscape of Arctic geopolitics. We delve into topics ranging from the strategic importance of the Arctic and the impact of climate change, to the functionality of the Arctic Council and the escalating tensions in the region. The discussion further illuminates China’s Belt and Road Initiative’s role in the Arctic, the influence of non-state actors, and how the Arctic factors into states’ energy security. Concluding with the most significant unanswered research questions in Arctic studies, this video is a must-watch for anyone interested in international relations and environmental geopolitics.


  • Evolution of Arctic’s Strategic Importance
  • Absence of Ex-Soviet States in Arctic Ownership
  • Influence of Climate Change on Arctic Geopolitics
  • Safeguarding Arctic Indigenous Communities
  • Role of the Arctic Council
  • Historical Trajectory of the Arctic Council
  • Arctic Governance: Positive Outcomes of the Arctic Council
  • Key Drivers of Tension in the Arctic
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Arctic
  • Influence of Non-State Actors in the Arctic
  • The Arctic’s Role in States’ Energy Security
  • Unanswered Research Questions in Arctic Studies

Klaus Doods

Professor Dodds is an Executive Dean for the School of Life Sciences and Environment, and Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Klaus is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Royal Geographical Society, Regional Studies Association, and Hon. Fellow of British Antarctic Survey. Public positions including acting as a specialist adviser to the UK Parliament, working with NATO’s Strategic Foresight Analysis and UK’s DEFRA on post-COVID futures.

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