Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region. Who are the key players and what are their primary objectives? What institutional framework will guarantee fair use and security in the Arctic? The discussion will focus on emerging challenges facing Arctic governance, analyze the goals and policies of key stakeholder nations, and evaluate means of promoting international cooperation in dealing with a rapidly changing environment.
The event is co-hosted under the Wilson Center’s new Polar Initiative by the Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Asia Program, Canada Institute, China Environment Forum, Kennan Institute, and Global Europe Program and features analyses analyses by:
Heather A. Conley, Center for Strategic & International Studies, on U.S. Arctic Policies
Marlène Laruelle, George Washington University, on Russia’s Arctic Policies
Rob Huebert, University of Calgary, on Canada’s Arctic Policies:
Willy Østreng, Norwegian Academy of Polar Research, on the Arctic Policies of Nordic states
Aki Tonami, University of Copenhagen, on Arctic policies of Korea, Japan and Singapore
Anne-Marie Brady, Woodrow Wilson Center and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, on China’s Arctic Policies