Episode 2: “Russia and the Arctic”

Mathieu Boulègue, Senior Research Fellow for the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, takes a closer look at Russia’s deep ties to the Arctic and its posturing in the region.

“We need to rethink our relationship with Russia and how we keep stability and security in the Arctic,” Mr. Boulègue argued. As relations with Russia deteriorate, “we can’t just repeat that we need low tensions in the Arctic, we also need to act upon it and give it substance.”

Mathieu specializes in Russian security and defence issues and leads Arctic work at Chatham House.

Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin left a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö as part of the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia, on March 30. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)