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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

Water is critical: it grows our food, generates our energy, and ensures our prosperity. To address the challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities, we must first tackle the challenge of water insecurity.

Will the Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation Deliver?

Over the past decade, the Arctic Council (AC) has evolved into the pre-eminent international forum for addressing Arctic issues. Among other things, it now boasts a permanent Secretariat and an Indigenous Peoples Secretariat. It has also helped establish a number of other entities, including the Arctic Economic Council, the Arctic Coast Guard Forum and the Arctic Offshore Regulators’ Forum.

U.S., Russia Can Look North to the Arctic to Find Common Ground

When Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met face-to-face on Monday, Russia’s election interference, its annexation of Crimea and the implications of Cold War-style espionage in the United Kingdom provided most of the backdrop.

It’s likely that few, if any, of either president’s advisors, let alone commentators, are looking to the Arctic — yes, the Arctic — as a starting point for common ground and improving relations going forward. 

Wilson Center Launches ‘Month of the Arctic’

The Arctic has unequivocally emerged as an area of global interest. For the expanding number of communities, governments, and industries with stakes in the present and future of the region, opportunities, challenges, and complexities abound.

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