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Russia’s Maritime Activities in the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Arctic, and the Pacific

December 5 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

Please join the Russia and Eurasia Program and Maritime Studies Program at The Fletcher School for a panel discussion focused on the Russian navy, commercial fishing, maritime transport, submarine communications cables, undersea pipelines, the law of the sea, and maritime security in the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Arctic, and the Pacific. The conversation will be chaired by Professor Rockford Weitz. The panelists will include visiting scholars Pavel Luzin, Andrey Todorov, and Volodymyr Dubovyk. The event is open to the public. Please make sure to register via myFletcher to participate in the event in person. Lunch will be served.  Click here to register.

Andrey Todorov is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Arctic Initiative, as well as Senior Researcher at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from the Moscow State Linguistic University, with research interests in the Arctic Ocean governance and the international Law of the Sea. He worked in the Legal Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he focused mainly on various issues of the Oceans Law. Following that, as a researcher, he supplemented this experience with more in-depth scholarly study of the Law of the Sea, mostly from a regional Arctic perspective, with a focus on the protection of Arctic marine biodiversity from human activities, regulation of Arctic shipping, and managing legal disputes in the Arctic. His current research at The Fletcher School relates to the legal status of, and the regime of navigation in, the waters of the Northern Sea Route.
Pavel Luzin Ph.D. in international relations (IMEMO, 2012), is a researcher of Russia’s foreign policy and defense, space policy, and global security issues. Luzin is a contributor to the Foreign Policy Research Institute (USA), the Jamestown Foundation (USA), and Riddle (Intersection Foundation, Lithuania). In 2017–2018, he was a consultant on armed forces, law enforcement agencies, and defense industry issues for Alexei Navalny’s presidential campaign. In 2016–2018, he was a consultant on Russia’s domestic politics for the “Nations in Transit” project at Freedom House (USA). In 2013–2014, Luzin was a research fellow at IMEMO (Russia). In 2013, he was an assistant to the editor-in-chief of the Security Index journal at PIR Center (Russia). Luzin was also a lecturer and senior lecturer at Perm State University (Russia) in 2010–2017, a senior lecturer at HSE (Perm campus, Russia) in 2011–2013, and a visiting assistant professor at HSE (Perm campus, Russia) in 2018–2019.
Rockford Weitz is a Professor of Practice and Director of the Maritime Studies Program at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He teaches courses in Global Maritime Affairs and Maritime Security. His Tisch Faculty Fellow project will explore the possibility of a Tufts University-led stakeholder engagement effort to support the offshore wind energy industry in New England. The project involves engaging the fishing industry in Massachusetts and Maine, local governments, port authorities, environmental groups, and other stakeholders to identify creative solutions to potential hurdles to offshore wind development in New England. Northeast fisheries face an existential threat from overfishing and ocean warming, so they need a vision for their own future independent of offshore wind. The offshore wind industry might consider engaging the fishing industry in a regional and comprehensive way – rather than on a project-by-project basis – that tries to build a shared consensus on a sustainable future for both industries.
Volodymyr Dubovyk is an Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies, Odesa I. I. Mechnikov National University in Ukraine. He is one of the preeminent Ukrainian experts in the fields of international affairs, security studies, and foreign policy analysis. Dubovyk has conducted research at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1997, 2006-2007, the latter being his first Fulbright), and at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland (2002). He taught at the University of Washington in 2013 as well as St. Edwards University and the University of Texas from 2016-17 (his second Fulbright). He is co-author of Ukraine and European Security (1999) and has published numerous articles on U.S.-Ukraine relations, regional and international security, and Ukraine’s foreign policy. Dubovyk's areas of expertise include Black Sea regional security, Ukraine’s foreign policy and security, transatlantic relations, and U.S.-Ukraine relations.

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