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?

The Wilson Quarterly Wins EPPY Award for Best Digital Magazine

WASHINGTON – The Wilson Center’s Wilson Quarterly has been honored with Editor and Publisher’s EPPY Award for Best Digital Magazine with under 1 million unique monthly visitors. The EPPY awards honor the best media-affiliated websites and recognize The Wilson Quarterly’s latest issue, which contains eight dynamic articles and a stunning interactive project on the theme “Into the Arctic.”

Ambassador David Balton to Join the Wilson Center

Contact: Ryan McKenna
Phone: (202) 691-4217
Email: ryan.mckenna@wilsoncenter.org

Wilson Center-Arctic Circle Forum Proceedings

The Arctic is no longer an uncharted realm on the fringe of the international policy landscape. Rather, it has emerged as a region of global relevance and significance--the host of both challenges and opportunities in the geopolitical, environmental, economic, and social spheres. Dramatic physical changes brought about by a rapidly warming climate drive much of these dynamics. The Wilson Center–Arctic Circle Forum's keynote presentations, panel discussions, and meetings touched upon all of these issues, particularly as they apply to the United States and Russia.