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June 6, 2019

Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, Massachusetts—The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Polar Institute and the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs released today a joint document entitled, A Strategic Plan for the Arctic Council: Recommendations for Moving Forward.

“This report provides a unique window into the ever-evolving role of the Arctic Council during a time when the Council is at inflexion point,” said Mike Sfraga, Director of the Polar Institute at the Wilson Center. “Balton and Ulmer layout practical and actionable recommendations that I am confident will positively inform the Council’s work going forward and by doing so, also provide to the reader a more clear picture of our new, global Arctic .”

The publication provides background on the Arctic Council’s accomplishments and its challenges as it matures. Changing conditions require ever-evolving strategies to be effective. The paper explores several ideas to address those challenges and recommends specific steps that the Council should take in the near term. It is the intent of the authors to further inform the Arctic Council’s effort and structure at a time of dynamic change.

Read the full report.

Notes to editors:


  1. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.