The Arctic Nexus in Asian-Nordic+ Relations Aalborg, Denmark, 5-7 November 2014 Robert C. Thomsen CIRCLA, Aalborg University ‘Assignment’ “we invite the panelists to make brief interventions on what they see as the key research questions for their theme and their suggestions for future, collaborative research addressing these questions. Key research questions Comprehensive sustainable development • Sustainable development is: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Our Common Future 1987, 24). • ‘Sustainability’: often a synonym for ‘eco-friendly’, environmentally sound. BUT ALSO • Economic, social, cultural and political sustainability (interconnected, interdependent) – incl. workable constitutional set-ups, efficient, representative political institutions and governance capacity. Key research questions National movements and comprehensive sustainability in the Arctic Sustainable development is also a matter of collective, social and cultural identity coherence. Q: What are the internal discrepancies/conflicts In between Arctic communities: Indigeniety and nation-building nationalisms in Arctic communities (ethnic-civic, separatist-autonomist)? Contemporary ‘stateless’ nationalism does not always play out as Q: How can autonomist nationalism possibly be • separatism: full sovereignty (often ethnic, exclusivist) accommodated within existing or adapted Occasionally: constitutional frameworks? • ‘autonomism’: adequate measure of self-government (often civic, inclusivist) Suggestions for future, collaborative research on these questions A comparative research project, exploring nationalist movements in • unitary states (e.g. Japan, Norway, Denmark (Greenland, Faroe Isl.)) • federal states (e.g. Russia, India and Canada) • those in-between (e.g. China ~‘de facto federalism’) Joint proposal (abstract) for ICARP III/ASSW, April 2015, Toyama…? Third Circular, B9: ‘Arctic governance, sustainable development of local communities and non-Arctic state’s contribution’ Deadline: 10 November !