Rich in natural resources, poor in nearly every human development indicator. The description applies to many of the most-conflict ridden states in the world, but also to a region often forgotten in global development circles: the Arctic North.

At some point above the 66th parallel, the North-South divide does a 180, says Anthony Speca, managing principal for the consulting firm Polar Aspect, in this week’s podcast on the Environmental Change and Security Program's blog, New Security Beat, by Carley Chavara. [read more on NewSecurityBeat.org]

Photo Credit: Nunavut, courtesy of the U.S. Embassy Canada.