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.

China: The New "Near-Arctic State"

China does not often come to mind when speaking of leading actors in the Arctic. That’s exactly what the country sets out to be though in its recent white paper. Released on January 26, it is the first official publication detailing China’s Arctic policy.[1]

Protecting Polar Ocean Spaces

Two landmark events occurred in the closing months of 2017 that demonstrate the ability of nations to protect the Polar Regions. In December, nine nations and the European Union successfully concluded negotiations on an agreement to prevent unregulated fishing in the high seas portion of the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO). In the same month, 24 nations and the European Union welcomed the entry into force of the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Antarctica.

Losing Newtok: A Story of Climate Change in Alaska


A Closer Look at Russia’s Arctic Muscle Flexing

This article first appeared on Intersection

As global oil prices stay low, as federal budgets tighten, and as prospective trade along the Northern Sea Route remains risky, why is Russia continuing to build up its military presence in the Arctic?