Climate change and the Arctic. Security implications.


9 June 2023


9:30 – 15:00


Frank De Winne Auditorium, Royal Military Academy, Rue Hobbema 8, 1000 Brussels and online

Type of Event


The Arctic region is currently undergoing unprecedented changes that are affecting its physical, environmental, economic, and geopolitical realities. How do these developments affect security in and around the region? What impact do they have on governance and cooperation in the Arctic?



9:30 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:10 Introduction by Kurt Bogaert, Director of the Advanced Staff Course, Defence College

10:10 – 10:20 Video message from Ms Zakia Khattabi, Minister of Climate, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Green Deal


Panel 1: The Impact of climate change on Arctic security

10:20 – 10:35 Keynote speech by Marie-Anne Coninsx, Senior Associate Fellow at EGMONT Read her presentation

10:35 – 12:00 Expert panel and Q&A

  • François Massonnet, Professor at Université catholique de Louvain (Picturing the Arctic of tomorrow: what the science says) Read his presentation
  • Ms Katarina Kertysova, Policy Fellow at the European Leadership Network tbc (maritime security) tbc
  • Ms Alexandra Middleton, Assistant Professor at the University of Oulu (sustainable economic development and maritime transportation) Read her presentation
  • Ms Ionela Maria Ciolan, CEE Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (the role of NATO)


Lunch break

12:00 – 13:00 Standing lunch


Panel 2: Arctic Governance

13:00– 13:15 Keynote speech by Mr. Nicolas Gosset, Researcher at the Royal Higher Institute for Defence

13:15 – 14:45 Expert panel and Q&A

  • Morten Høglund, Senior Arctic Official of the Kingdom of Norway tbc (Arctic governance bodies) tbc
  • Ms Clara Ganslandt, Special Envoy for Arctic Matters, European External Action Service (EU perspective)
  • Philippe Huybrechts, Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (the role of science) Read his presentation
  • Romain Chuffart, President and Managing Director at The Arctic Institute (Indigenous Peoples) Read his presentation

Concluding remarks

14:45 – 14:55 Reflection on key takeaways

14:55 – 15:00 Closing remarks



We thank you in advance for registering via the following link.

The link to follow the conference online : Youtube Live – Arctic Challenges & Climate Change Conference

Registration by Thursday 1 June 2023 at the latest is compulsory.

You are required to present a valid id when entering the premises of the Royal Military Academy.