After 20 years, the Arctic Council reconsiders the role of observers

After 20 years, the Arctic Council reconsiders the role of observers

Few, by this point, question whether the Arctic Council is the leading forum when it comes discussing regional issues.Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the...
Iceland braces for a Pirate Party takeover

Iceland braces for a Pirate Party takeover

REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- The party that could be on the cusp of winning Iceland's national elections on Saturday didn't exist four years ago.Its members...
Iceland’s Pirate Party seeks alliances for systemic change

Iceland’s Pirate Party seeks alliances for systemic change

Having surged in the polls by riding the anti-establishment wave, Iceland's Pirate Party is now preparing to commandeer the government.The direct democracy movement has...
Whale sanctuary row exposes a kingdom divided

Whale sanctuary row exposes a kingdom divided

When the International Whaling Commission, currently meeting in Slovenia, votes next week on a proposal to establish a sanctuary in the south Atlantic Ocean,...
Out of campaign spotlight, Obama keeps focus on Arctic, says White House official

Out of campaign spotlight, Obama keeps focus on Arctic, says White...

The people vying to succeed him may not be talking about the Arctic on the campaign trail, but President Barack Obama continues to view...
Commandant says US Coast Guard modernizing at fastest pace in decades

Commandant says US Coast Guard modernizing at fastest pace in decades

SEATTLE — Traveling to the Pacific Northwest last month, Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft checked out the Bluebell, a 71-year-old Coast Guard tender that...
Greenland calls for clean-up of toxic U.S. Cold War bases

Greenland calls for clean-up of toxic U.S. Cold War bases

COPENHAGEN -- Greenland's government urged the United States and Denmark on Monday to clean up 30 rusting Cold War-era U.S. military installations there, saying it was...
Norway won’t give Finland the gift of a mountain peak after all

Norway won’t give Finland the gift of a mountain peak after...

OSLO -- Norway's Prime Minister has dashed Finland's hopes of getting an Arctic mountain peak as a gift on its 100-year anniversary, saying there...
Scotland seeks “even stronger partnerships with northern neighbours”

Scotland seeks “even stronger partnerships with northern neighbours”

 Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, then President of Iceland and architect of the Arctic Circle, had invited Sturgeon to address the annual Arctic Circle gathering when...
Canada signals shift toward greater engagement with Russia in the Arctic

Canada signals shift toward greater engagement with Russia in the Arctic

In an address marking the 20th anniversary of the Arctic Council, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion underlined cooperation with Russia as a...