Did Finland fail as Arctic Council chair?

Did Finland fail as Arctic Council chair?

The chair of the Arctic Council organises the meetings of the Sustainable Development Working Group and the Senior Arctic Officials as well as the...
Homes like parkas? Why Arctic housing may need  to go back to the future

Homes like parkas? Why Arctic housing may need to go...

SEATTLE — Arctic housing specialist Jack Hébert likes to paraphrase a saying from the Inupiaq, an Indigenous group living in Alaska's Arctic."Before the white...
Pompeo’s bombastic Arctic Council performance could prove an aberration — or a new normal

Pompeo’s bombastic Arctic Council performance could prove an aberration — or...

No, Mike Pompeo, the United States did not purchase Alaska from Russia in 1857. That happened a decade later, as every school child in...
China reveals Arctic geopolitics to be above Pompeo’s pay grade

China reveals Arctic geopolitics to be above Pompeo’s pay grade

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s swashbuckling fantasies aside, geopolitical competition in the contemporary Arctic is not about who controls swaths of continents or...
Why the work of the Arctic Council will continue even without consensus on climate change

Why the work of the Arctic Council will continue even without...

On Tuesday this week, as many readers will know, the foreign ministers of the eight Arctic states, who met in Finland for a key...
Why a US-driven dispute over Arctic Council climate language is different this time around

Why a US-driven dispute over Arctic Council climate language is different...

Refusing to talk about climate change in hopes it will go away is hardly a sensible strategy.But it’s not really a surprise that U.S....
Why US climate hostility might be a bigger threat to Arctic Council cooperation than security tensions

Why US climate hostility might be a bigger threat to Arctic...

The Trump Administration’s reluctance to recognize climate change as a major problem in the Arctic is currently frustrating negotiations in the run-up to the...
How restrictions along U.S.-Canada border divide an Indigenous Arctic people

How restrictions along U.S.-Canada border divide an Indigenous Arctic people

SEATTLE — As plans for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border are raising fears that the ancestral lands of Native Americans in the south...
The Coast Guard’s new Arctic strategic vision downplays a big problem: budget constraints

The Coast Guard’s new Arctic strategic vision downplays a big problem:...

The 2019 update of the U.S. Coast Guard vision for the Arctic is a document rich with bureaucratic language about the growing importance of...
Fixing the world’s Arctic apathy gap

Fixing the world’s Arctic apathy gap

We are losing the Arctic, and nobody cares.Two years ago at a Russian Arctic forum,  Finland President Sauli Niinistö reiterated what has become a...