Arctic GeopoliticsSemester Course

Arctic Geopolitics, Semester Course
Major Discipline(s)
Environmental Studies, International Relations, Political Science
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

The end of the Cold War has had a profound impact on the Arctic by opening up new opportunities to Arctic states and societies for cooperation in security, economic, social, and human development areas. At the same time, global warming has posed formidable challenges to both Arctic and global actors. This course offers an introduction to a broad array of environmental, security, political, economic, and social issues that make the present day Arctic a focus of global interest.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Legal Studies


Alexander Hviid

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.Sc. (International Security & Law, University of Southern Denmark, 2016). M.A. (Social Science, University of Copenhagen, 2010). Research interests include Arctic security and Danish-Greenlandic relations, as well as public international law, specifically international criminal law and international humanitarian law. Work experience with the Institute for Strategy at the Royal Danish Defense College. With DIS since 2016.

Environment, Politics, and Society: Alexander Hviid

Steen Kjærgaard

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Master of Arts in International Security from the University of Leicester (UK). Graduated Joint Command and Staff College (MA) 2010. Commissioned as an Army officer in 1996, after having served as NCO since 1989. Multiple international deployments to conflict zones. Currently works at the Royal Danish Defense College, as a military analyst focusing on security issues such as military security, Counter-Terrorism and International Law. Served in the Danish Defense Intelligence service. With DIS since 2018.

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Camilla T. N. Sørensen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

Doctor (Ph.D.) in political science from the University of Copenhagen in 2008. Currently works at the Royal Danish Defense College as an associate professor within international security and military strategy with a specific focus on China, East Asia and the Arctic. Has solid experience in planning and conducting courses on a broad range of topics related to international politics and security in various and often very diverse settings. With DIS since 2023.