How geopolitics complicate the U.S. Navy’s plans for major Arctic operations

How geopolitics complicate the U.S. Navy’s plans for major Arctic operations

In response to new Russian rules on the Northern Sea Route, the U.S. Navy plans to undertake significant operations in the Arctic this summer,...
An Arctic treaty has been rejected by the region’s leaders. Again

An Arctic treaty has been rejected by the region’s leaders. Again

Blame Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1987, during the waning days of the Cold War, the final leader of the Soviet Union suggested that the Arctic,...
What Duncan Hunter’s indictment means for the Arctic

What Duncan Hunter’s indictment means for the Arctic

What does the scandal surrounding a U.S. Congressman from sunny Southern California have to do with the Arctic? More than you might think. As chair of...
Outdated navigational charts are an Arctic maritime disaster in the making

Outdated navigational charts are an Arctic maritime disaster in the making

On a July evening three years ago, the 380-foot Finnish icebreaker Fennica headed out from Dutch Harbor shortly before 11 p.m., bound for the...
Climate plan or no, don’t expect Alaska to stop drilling for new oil and gas

Climate plan or no, don’t expect Alaska to stop drilling for...

Alaska is a leader in contributing to climate change. It is not about to become a leader in fighting climate change. Yes, a 22-member group...
Russia’s hypersonic missiles could be why Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland

Russia’s hypersonic missiles could be why Donald Trump wants to buy...

It has been a little more than three months since U.S. president Donald Trump confirmed on live TV that a purchase of Greenland, its...
How the new Sámi Arctic Strategy could shake up Arctic discourse

How the new Sámi Arctic Strategy could shake up Arctic discourse

Åsa Larsson Blind, president of the Saami Council, launched The Sámi Arctic Strategy at the EU Arctic Forum last week in Umeå, Sweden. The document’s full title...
Why people matter when we talk about Arctic climate change

Why people matter when we talk about Arctic climate change

It is very difficult to have a conversation with an ice floe. You may select a floe with an intriguing personal history; perhaps a past...
How a new Inuit-run non-profit could help foster sustainable development of the Northwest Passage

How a new Inuit-run non-profit could help foster sustainable development of...

There are problems on the horizon for the Canadian Arctic and, to be more specific, the Northwest Passage. This fabled, once unpassable, waterway between...
The Week Ahead: Preventative medicine

The Week Ahead: Preventative medicine

This week, doctors and other health professionals, policy and decision makers, and representatives from indigenous groups gather in Copenhagen for the 17th triennial International...