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Arctic Geopolitics Expert to Visit UAF Campus


Professor Willy Oestreng, senior researcher and chairman of the research institute Ocean Futures in Oslo, Norway, and affiliated faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will present a free public lecture titled "The New Geopolitics of the Arctic" on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in the Murie Building auditorium on the Fairbanks campus.

While at UAF, Oestreng will lecture in several classes on public policy, Russian politics, world history and circumpolar northern history. Phi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, has also invited Oestreng to present "Arctic Futures for UAF Grads" on Tuesday, April 15, at 1 p.m. in Gruening 408, an event open to all interested UAF students.

Oestreng was scientific director and professor at the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters from 2003-2009, director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute Norway from 1978-2003, and adjunct professor of political science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim from 1994-2004. He was special advisor to the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1998-99, and is a member of numerous scientific boards, national and international. He is an elected member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters and of the International Academy of Regional Development and Cooperation in Russia.

Presently, he is the vice-president of the Norwegian Academy of Polar Research. He has published more than 250 scientific works, among them 25 books, on polar affairs and international security, ocean resource management, polar and ocean policy and on the preconditions of interdisciplinary research.

Oestreng's visit was made possible with support from the College of Liberal Arts dean's office and the chancellor.

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