Politics & Policy

U.S. Arctic defense strategy ramps up rhetoric without committing resources, experts say

U.S. Arctic defense strategy ramps up rhetoric without committing resources, experts...

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released its updated Arctic strategy last week. The 19-page document focuses on the threats posed by Russia and...
Alaska’s biggest city adopts a climate change plan to cope with effects of warming

Alaska’s biggest city adopts a climate change plan to cope with...

The Trump administration has largely abandoned work to combat climate change at the federal government level, and Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, sworn into office...
Trump administration will hold Arctic refuge oil lease sales this year, official says

Trump administration will hold Arctic refuge oil lease sales this year,...

After decades of oil development prohibitions in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Trump administration is poised to start auctioning off oil leases within...
Like Denmark and Russia, Canada says its extended continental shelf includes the North Pole

Like Denmark and Russia, Canada says its extended continental shelf includes...

Canada filed an extended continental shelf submission last week with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf that covers more than 460,000...
In court and out, the Trump administration continues its push for offshore Arctic oil development

In court and out, the Trump administration continues its push for...

The Trump administration has taken steps on two fronts to advance oil development in Arctic waters off Alaska. In U.S. District Court in Anchorage on...
Canadian Coast Guard to get two new Arctic patrol ships

Canadian Coast Guard to get two new Arctic patrol ships

The Canadian government will build two new Arctic and offshore patrol ships for its Coast Guard, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday. These ships...
As climate changes, US admirals see increasing need for Arctic presence

As climate changes, US admirals see increasing need for Arctic presence

Although the new Arctic strategies from the Navy and the Coast Guard highlight rapid changes in the region, they also both shy away from attributing...
Keeping eye on Russian build-up, Danes ready to send fighter jets to Greenland

Keeping eye on Russian build-up, Danes ready to send fighter jets...

Denmark is ready to station fighter jets in Greenland if it feels threatened by Russia’s expanding military presence along its northern coast, the defense...
Will the Arctic Council begin addressing national security?

Will the Arctic Council begin addressing national security?

This year’s Arctic Council ministerial meeting showcased increasingly complicated issues in the region — from national security to climate change and more — and...
Canadian Inuit challenge US stance on Northwest Passage

Canadian Inuit challenge US stance on Northwest Passage

The Inuit Circumpolar Council–Canada is pushing back at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assertion that Canada’s claim to the Northwest Passage is “illegitimate.” “The...
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