Syllabus

Meets: 4:45-6:00pm ET from February 14 to March 27 (excluding March 13)

Session topics and format may be subject to change.

Session 1 | February 14

Setting the Stage: The first session will provide general background on the Arctic, including the region's environment, biodiversity, natural resources, peoples, and connection to the global climate. Guest speaker, Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow Jennifer Spence, will give an overview of Arctic governance before and after the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. The group will also discuss the format for the other sessions.


Session 2 | February 21

News from the Frontlines: The second session will cover achievements, failures, and challenges in Russian conservation, as well as the environmental impacts of the war in Ukraine.


Session 3 | February 28

Costs and Benefits of Cooperation: Students will research and present on the potential benefits and risks of resuming cooperation with Russia, with reference to various historical efforts.

Session 4 | March 6

Debate: The West should not engage with Russia on any science or conservation activities until Russia leaves Ukraine.


Session 5 | March 20

Current and Future Cooperation: Students will present on whether, when, and how to move forward with cooperation between the West and Russia. Should ethical/moral principles be considered, or is a purely practical approach needed? What are the necessary conditions to be met by Russia, if any, in order for relations to resume? Are new mechanisms available for coordinating contacts with Russia? What sort of financial support is appropriate, and how to distribute it? Could third parties moderate?  


Session 6 | March 27 (Tentative)

The format of the final session will be determined by the study group participants.