Why an Arctic arms race would be a mistake

Why an Arctic arms race would be a mistake

Most of America’s historic foreign policy blunders were driven by threat inflation. From fake attacks on ships in Havana Harbor or the Gulf of...
How our new virtual world can empower the Arctic

How our new virtual world can empower the Arctic

Sighing deeply over coffee, my friend lamented that 2020 has so far been the “year of cancelation ‘on all levels’” — from small birthday...
Cooperation in the Arctic offers a model for US-Russia cooperation elsewhere

Cooperation in the Arctic offers a model for US-Russia cooperation elsewhere

When Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin meet in Geneva next week, underlying their discussion will be the question of how the two rival...
Why a warming Arctic needs an investment review mechanism

Why a warming Arctic needs an investment review mechanism

Increased investment into the Arctic over the coming decades is inevitable. To respond to this, the Arctic’s present international governance structures can be improved...
Why climate policy makers should listen more carefully to the Arctic’s Indigenous peoples

Why climate policy makers should listen more carefully to the Arctic’s...

While the global spotlight has placed climate change on many regional and national agendas, it’s easy to overlook smaller scale efforts to adapt and...
The new Alaska budget threatens critical Arctic research — and the state’s economy

The new Alaska budget threatens critical Arctic research — and the...

The University of Alaska Fairbanks often describes itself as “America’s Arctic University,” and it’s earned that reputation over the decades from its leading role...
How a market-based fund could help prevent the tragedy of the commons in the Arctic’s international waters

How a market-based fund could help prevent the tragedy of the...

According to the United Nations' Convention on the Law of the Sea, the natural resources in the high seas are free for any nation’s...
Two key steps Greenland should take to make sure mining benefits all its citizens

Two key steps Greenland should take to make sure mining benefits...

Greenland has vast mineral resources, including nickel, gold, and uranium, but at present the country only has two producing mines. Although Greenland has had...
Insulting Canada won’t help the US with its Arctic ambitions

Insulting Canada won’t help the US with its Arctic ambitions

In the summer of 1985, the United States Coast Guard sent the icebreaker Polar Sea on a voyage across the Northwest Passage from Greenland...
The furor over a tourism-related polar bear death misses some key facts

The furor over a tourism-related polar bear death misses some key...

A recent and very unfortunate incident in Svalbard where a polar bear was killed in self-defense after attacking a man from a cruise vessel...