Arctic. Media. Security.

November 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:15 pm
Michel Pujol Room, Student Union Building, UVic
3800 Finnerty Road

The Canada-Russia Research Initiative

Arctic. Media. Security.
A 1-Day Conference on
Issues of Strategic Shared Importance Open to the public – no registration required

November 21, 2019.

Michel Pujol Room

Student Union Building

9:00 am – 4:15 pm

9:00-9:10 – Welcome and introduction to the CRRI – Anna Tsurkan and Megan Swift

9:10-10:00 – Keynote speaker: Lou Naumovski (CERBA, The Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association) – “Canada-Russia Business Relations – Since the 1980’s: a personal perspective”

10:00-10:15 – coffee break

10:15-11:45 – Panel 1: Ecology and Identity in the Arctic
Alex Oehler (UNBC) “The multi-faceted self: Indigenous identities in Russia today”

Will Greaves (UVic) “Cities and Human Security in a Warming Arctic”

Gail Fondahl (UNBC) “Indigenous Territorial Rights in the Russian North”

11:45-12:45 – lunch

12:45-2:15 – Panel 2: Security, Space and Protection
Nancy Teeple (Royal Military College of Canada) “Offensive Weapons and the Future of Nuclear Arms Control”

Paul Meyer (SFU and Simons Foundation) “Star Wars Redux or International Space Station – what options for space security diplomacy?”

Troy Bouffard (U Alaska Fairbanks) “A Developing Operational Environment: Perspectives on Presence, Protection, and Deterrence in the Arctic”

2:15-2:45 – coffee break

2:45 – 4:15 – Panel 3: Media, Disinformation and Public Diplomacy
Anna Tsurkan (UVic) “Elections in Canada and Russia: a comparative analysis of media coverage”

Jillian Stirk (SFU) “People and Politics: Civil Society in Russia today”

Zach Paikin (U Kent) “Canada-Russia relations: obstacles and opportunities”

For more information about the CRRI or this conference, please contact Anna Tsurkan ( or Megan Swift (

The Canada-Russia Research Initiative is a non-partisan scholarly research network

Thanks to our generous sponsor, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, and to our university and community partners,
the Centre for Global Studies and
the Canadian International Council.

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