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Visiting Fellows 2016-2017

Stacy Closson, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
 “Russian Behavior in the Arctic: Regional, Middle or Hegemonic Power?
(April - May 2017)

Dr. Stacy Closson is a Global Fellow with the Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C., where she has also previously worked as a Kennan Fellow. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Closson was an Assistant Professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. She received her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Relations.  Dr. Closson was also a Transatlantic Post-Doctoral Fellow in think tanks in Switzerland and Germany. From 1996-2002 she worked in the US Department of Defense as a political-military analyst.  Dr. Closson has been named an “Emerging Leader in Environmental and Energy Policy” by the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.  Last year, she was a Fulbright Fellow at National Chengchi University, Department of Diplomacy in Taipei, Taiwan.  Her most recent book with MIT Press is 'Energy, Economics, and Geopolitical Futures.'

Short description of ongoing research:
Russian foreign and security policy is unclear in the Arctic. Some argue that Russia is seeking to define its own Chinese like nine-dash line to ensure access to future resources and seafaring lanes, while discouraging others from doing the same. Others note that Russia is cooperating with other Arctic states in delineating underwater borders.  What appears lacking is a more rigorous assessment of Russia's foreign policy making on the Arctic and what this says about Russia's foreign policy position. What does Russia's Arctic policy say about the type of state it wishes to be in geopolitical terms? Does it behave more or less like a certain type of power? Is the Arctic an extension of Russian regional Arctic identity or an attempt to serve as a constructive middle power in leading developments based on international law?  At the Aleksanteri Institute, Dr. Closson will continue her review of Russian foreign and security documents and official statements on Russia’s Arctic strategy, and match objectives to actions.  Interviews with, and feedback from, Russian experts in Helsinki and research institutes in Moscow will support her study.  

Email: stacyclosson89(at) 
Academic hosts at the Aleksanteri Institute: Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, Daria Gritsenko