Once viewed as local and regional in nature and impact, Arctic issues are becoming global issues. Wilson Center Polar Initiative Director Mike Sfraga explains why in this edition of Wilson Center NOW


Michael Sfraga is Director of the Polar Initiative at the Wilson Center. Dr. Sfraga is a geographer with a focus on the geography of Arctic landscapes, Arctic policy, and the impacts and implications of a changing climate on the social and political regimes in the Arctic. Sfraga previously served as Vice Chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), faculty member, department chair, and Associate Dean in the UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension. He also serves as Co-Lead Scholar for the inaugural Fulbright Arctic Initiative 2015-2017; a complementary program to the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Co-Director of the University of the Arctic’s Institute for Arctic Policy, and is Affiliate Faculty with the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Additionally, Sfraga serves as Chairman of the Institute of the North, University of the Arctic’s Head of Delegation to the Arctic Council, member of the Governor’s Alaska Arctic Policy Committee, and Alaska Arctic Council Host Committee.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.