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The Only Congressman Living Inside the Arctic Circle

June 21, 2017

Don Young (R-Alaska) proudly bears the distinction of being the sole member of the U.S. Congress to live within the Arctic Circle. On the sidelines of the Wilson Center-Arctic Circle Forum, he described a regional Arctic identity that sometimes usurps national identity; growing economic competition in the far north; and what it might take for the United States to truly consider itself an Arctic nation.

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Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more