On Monday, 25 April 2016, the 13th Shanghai Social Studies Colloquium (SSSC) took place at the Shanghai campus of ESSCA School of Management.
The SSSC is an initiative that provides a forum for international and Chinese scholars of various disciplines of the social sciences based in the city of Shanghai. The colloquium offers scholars a platform to present and discuss their research, so as to exchange critique and research ideas, improve their research output, network and socialise, with a view to developing collaborative research projects.
In recent years, China started to initiate its own Arctic strategy and policy even though it is not one of the Arctic costal states. In 2013, it has gained permanent observer status on the Arctic Council, which strengthened China’s claim and interests in the region. However, some countries are doubtful of China’s intention. To better understand China’s interests in the Arctic and the changing international relations in the region, the Shanghai Social Studies Colloquium welcomed Prof. Dr. Rasmus Gejdsso Bertelsen, Professor & Barents Chair in Politics at University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway.
Dr. BERTELSEN started his discourse by sharing some of his own experiences. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, but grew up and received his education in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. He studied and taught in many countries, including Denmark, Norway, the U.S., Britain, the Netherland, and Switzerland; and he is affiliated with several institutions, including Harvard Kennedy School of Government.