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Polar Institute Release New Article: "Implementing Marine Management in the Arctic Ocean."

Press Release
April 17, 2020
Contact: Ryan McKenna

Washington, DC — The Polar Institute at The Wilson Center today published an article by David Balton and Andrei Zagorski entitled “Implementing Marine Management in the Arctic.”  The article chronicles recent efforts at the international level to address the challenges posed by increasing human activity in the Arctic Ocean as a result of climate change and other factors, and offers suggestions for strengthening Arctic Ocean governance that are at once practical and far-reaching.

“This article offers extraordinary insights into a key concern in the Arctic region today,” said Mike Sfraga, Director of the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute and Global Risk & Resilience Program.  “The rise of ‘Great Power Competition’ is threatening to undo several decades of international cooperation and progress in managing the opening Arctic Ocean.  Ambassador Balton and Dr. Zagorski have provided a blueprint for nations concerned with the Arctic to find common ground despite growing tensions and to build an effective governance regime.  That two of the leading Arctic policy analysts—one from the United States and one from Russia—have produced this blueprint jointly will certainly add to its influence.”

David Balton is a Senior Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute and formerly served as Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries in the U.S. Department of State.  Dr. Andrei Zagorski is the Head of the Department for Disarmament and Conflict Resolution Studies at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), and Professor of International Relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University).

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