Women in Foreign Policy

The website Women in Foreign Policy has published an extensive interview with Ashlee Godwin, one of my former colleagues from my time working at the Royal United Services Institute. Women in Foreign Policy – Ashlee Godwin It is well worth a read for anyone considering a career in the world of foreign, defence and security…

Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic

Earlier this week, a new book on Arctic politics was announced by Edward Elgar. The Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic is edited by Leif Christian Jensen and Geir Hønneland, two experts from the Fridjtof Nansen Institute in Norway. Klaus Dodds and I were both delighted to contribute chapters to this book. Klaus’ chapter…

“You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off”

Some reflections on the impact of the British Delegation at the Arctic Circle Assembly, Reykjavik (30 Oct – 2 Nov 2014) Last weekend I attended the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland as part of a British delegation organised by James Gray, Member of Parliament and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arctic & Antarctica. The…

‘Strategic Challenges in the Arctic Sea’ at the 10th Handelsblatt Konferenz

Earlier this week I was in Berlin for the 10th Handelsblatt Konferenz on Security Policy and Defense Industry. This 2-day conference (3-4 Dec) was primarily an inward-looking event for assessing Germany’s defence and security policies, although the broader conference themes reflected the strategic challenges facing most European states at the moment: budgetary constraints, future capability…

The UK and the Arctic – Poles apart?

Last week, along with around 200 other delegates with a shared interest in the Arctic and Antarctica, we both attended the privately organised Poles Apart? Conference at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London.  The event was billed as a “one-day international conference to bring industry and science in the Polar Regions closer together”.…