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Pining for the Fjords of Greenland - Following Up on the Arctic

A few weeks ago in the Need to Know podcast episode "Foreign Policy on Top Of The World," host Aaron Jones asked Polar Institute Director Mike Sfraga what we needed to look for out on the horizon. He said "Greenland." Now Greenland has emerged, and we revisit this territory of Denmark with a deeper look at its significance, both in recent news and in Arctic geopolitical strategy.

 

5-Part Series: The Arctic and U.S. National Security

The Arctic is undergoing profound geological change at a dizzying pace. The Wilson Center’s Polar Institute is proud to present a new program series about the international and local implications of this new Arctic to an Alaskan audience who are most directly affected.

The series, The Arctic and U.S. National Security, will air Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 12 on GCI Channel 907, starting at 8 p.m. each day.

An Interview with Woodrow Wilson Fellow Ruslan Garipov

Ruslan Garipov is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow with the Polar Institute, where he researches indigenous populations in the Russian polar north and greater Arctic region. The Kennan Institute recently asked him to reflect on his work at The Wilson Center and on how he hopes his research will have an impact on policy going forward.

Q: Tell me about your background and what brought you to The Wilson Center.

The Greenland Dialogues: Independence Movement Update

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.

 

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David Balton on Establishing an International Marine Science Organization

During a Q&A session at the Arctic Circle Korea Forum, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries of the U.S. State Department and Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials Ambassador David Balton floated the idea of establishing an international marine science organization for the Central Arctic Ocean.

U.S. National Security: The View from the Top of the World

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we preview the Polar Institute’s Arctic and U.S. National Security symposium with Director Michael Sfraga. The day-long event will include policy leaders currently developing branch-specific Arctic strategies, solicit insight from senior Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Commerce leadership, and elicit guidance and perspective from individuals representing the State of Alaska, industry, and research communities. 

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China's Growing Arctic Presence

Since gaining the status of Observer to the Arctic Council in 2013, China has been making strides in increasing its Arctic presence. The vital role of a blue water Arctic in the future of geopolitics and global commerce is underscored in a remark made by Li Zhenfu of Dalian Maritime University who said, “Whoever has control over the Arctic route will control the new passage of world economics and international strategies.”

The Arctic and U.S. National Security

The Polar Institute's The Arctic and U.S. National Security symposium provided a timely and important opportunity to explore and promote Arctic security discussions at a critical time for the region. The symposium included policy leaders currently drafting branch-specific Arctic strategies, solicited insight from senior Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Commerce leadership, and elicited guidance and perspective from individuals representing the State of Alaska, industry, and research communities.

Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

 

50 Years of Water at Wilson: Water, Conflict, and Cooperation (Part 1 of 2)

 

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