Emerging Arctic Conflicts, Law, and Ethics

University of Iceland, Reykjavik
18-19 June 2018


This workshop is concerned with the increasing possibility that political and economic competition may spill over into the Arctic region, as melting ice opens up access to new (and much faster) trade routes, as well as energy and mineral reserves. In advance of that possibility, we will develop scenarios of what future Arctic conflicts might look like. These scenarios will inform later exercises to identify and address the social, ethical, and legal implications that may arise in these new conflicts—which may involve 21st century technologies such as cyberweapons, robotics, AI, geoengineering, and more—to better manage and reduce the negative effects of such competition.


In this workshop, we will be aided by a diverse and distinguished group of invited presenters. These presenters have been carefully selected from academia, industry, and government to bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the table.

Unlike many academic workshops, this one is meant to be discussion intensive. To foster these interactions, participation is by invitation only, and we will operate under The Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed without their expressed consent.


Project Sponsors

  • US Department of State, Fulbright Specialist Program
  • Fulbright Commission, Iceland
  • US National Science Foundation
  • Western Michigan University
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • US Naval Academy, VADM Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
  • Harrisburg University of Science & Technology
  • National Security College, Australian National University


  • Patrick Lin, Ph.D., Director
    palin [at]

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