In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss where Greenland stands in its push for independence from the Kingdom of Denmark as part of the ongoing “Greenland Dialogues,” convened by the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute. Vittus Qujaukitsoq, Minister of Finance and Nordic Cooperation, and Mike Sfraga, Director of the Polar Institute, discuss that Arctic nation’s economic and political path forward.



The Honourable Vittus Qujaukitsoq, Minister of Finance and Nordic Cooperation, Greenland.  He is the founder and leader of the Nunatta Qitornai party. On May 5, 2018, he was appointed Minister of Raw Materials, Labor Market, Interior Affairs and Nordic Cooperation. When Parti Naleraq left government cooperation in September 2018, Vittus Qujaukitsoq was appointed Minister of Finance and Nordic Cooperation under Kim Kielsen's minority government.

Mike Sfraga is the director of the Polar Institute at the Wilson Center. A geographer by training, his work is focused on the changing geography of the Arctic and Antarctic landscapes, Arctic policy, and the impacts and implications of a changing climate on social and political regimes in the Arctic. Sfraga previously served as vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) as well as faculty member, department chair, and associate dean in the UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension. He is a Fulbright Scholars, having served as co-lead scholar for the inaugural Fulbright Arctic Initiative 2015-2017, a complementary program to the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. He serves in the same capacity for the Fulbright Arctic Initiative 2 from 2017 to 2019. He also serves as co-director of the University of the Arctic’s Institute for Arctic Policy and is an affiliate faculty member at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Sfraga served as board member and chairman of the Institute of the North. He holds a PhD in geography and northern studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.              



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.