The Russians are not coming, at least not to Alaska

The Russians are not coming, at least not to Alaska

Russian Arctic policy is often characterized as “threatening” to its neighbors and the regional status quo.  This tone can be seen in commentary such...
How Arctic governance could become a testing ground for Sino-US relations

How Arctic governance could become a testing ground for Sino-US relations

The Arctic is becoming an important testing ground for US-China relations. As the world tries to work out ways to deal with how climate...
Hilcorp’s Cook Inlet leaks underscore Arctic risks

Hilcorp’s Cook Inlet leaks underscore Arctic risks

Hilcorp’s oil release from an underwater pipeline in Cook Inlet this month, combined with its natural gas pipeline leak that has been flowing nonstop...
Cooperation with Russia in the Arctic remains essential

Cooperation with Russia in the Arctic remains essential

I recently returned from a conference in Arkhangelsk, Russia named Arctic: Territory of Dialogue. The forum, to discuss a wide range of issues affecting...
New currency peg is no panacea for Iceland

New currency peg is no panacea for Iceland

Iceland has provided a fascinating case study for economists. Now that it has impressively battled to restore economic and financial well-being, Finance Minister Benedikt...
Russian performer uncovers raw feelings about the Alaska purchase of 1867

Russian performer uncovers raw feelings about the Alaska purchase of 1867

Zlata Lund’s enthusiasm and bubbling flow of Russian-accented words leaves few breaks, so I imagine her Alaska Native friend in Dillingham must have waited...
The Arctic remains a bright point in the sometimes bumpy relations between Russia and the Nordic states

The Arctic remains a bright point in the sometimes bumpy relations...

Not since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 have we seen something like this: the foreign ministers of Norway, Denmark and Iceland speaking of...
Why Russia gave up Alaska, America’s gateway to the Arctic

Why Russia gave up Alaska, America’s gateway to the Arctic

One hundred and fifty years ago, on March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and Russian envoy Baron Edouard de Stoeckl...
Word of new Arctic oil is encouraging but Alaska shouldn’t bank on it

Word of new Arctic oil is encouraging but Alaska shouldn’t bank...

The announcement of new oil discovered on the North Slope in recent weeks – in fact, several in the past few months – is...
Iceland’s recovery will be tough to sustain

Iceland’s recovery will be tough to sustain

The end of Iceland's nine years of capital controls on Tuesday is an occasion to celebrate for Icelandic businesses -- and for those economists...