Changed geopolitical situation requires Norwegian commitment to Svalbard

Svalbard has been a part of the Kingdom of Norway for 90 years. On this occasion, Thor Bjørn Arlov and PluriCourts director Geir Ulfstein published an op-ed in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. Read the full article (in Norwegian). 

Arlov and Ulfstein argue that while the traditional coal mining sector is under pressure on Svalbard, a diversification of economic and research activities has opened new prospects for Svalbard. In addition, the Arctic region is becoming increasingly interesting in geopolitics. Due to climate change, natural resources become available in the region, and several states have submitted claims on the continental shelf in the Arctic. For all these reasons, Arlov and Ulfstein believe that the Norwegian government should and will continue its commitment in Svalbard.

Published Aug. 14, 2015 9:13 AM