The Summer School introduces the globalized world with an economy run by transnational corporations and governments, and underlines the importance of energy security and the related mass-scale utilization of fossils. This, together with the fiscal, economic and political crisis, has caused a new situation in the post-Cold War world order, also in the entire North. Their impacts in the strengthening of civil societies are seen and interpreted as a challenge to the traditional state sovereignty and national security. Consequently, resource sovereignty and the access to energy sources has become increasingly important especially in the Arctic and Barents Region, and opens a new view to problems of sovereignty (borders, defence, economy), governance and environmental issues.

The School is organized by the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki, the University of Lapland, and Petrozavodsk State University within the project “Establishing the EU Centre in the Barents Region of Russia” co-financed by the European Union.

For whom?

Students of international relations, political sciences/social sciences, economics, geography and history, interested in European, Arctic and other Northern, and Nordic studies.

How to apply?
Go to  and follow the instructions.

Send your application by 17 March 2014.

Active participation in daily workshops. 
An essay of 10–12 A4 pages, i.e. 22.000–26.000 items on a relevant topic must be submitted by 18 June 2014.

No registration fee. Accommodation in a cheap dormitory.

Five-day course
The ISSK will be organized in Petrozavodsk, 19-23 May 2014. In addition, the travel days will be Finland-Russia 18 May, Russia-Finland 24 or 25 May.

Additionally, there will be an opportunity to participate in a full/half-day excursion within Karelia, to nearby sites of general interest.