Does This Glacier Have Wifi?


Does this glacier have wifi? That kind of question is serious business for Tina Pidgeon, who spoke to us on the sidelines of the Wilson Center-Arctic Circle Forum. A top executive at GCI, one of Alaska’s leading telecommunications companies, she described the challenges of achieving connectivity in an unforgiving environment and the growing importance of doing so as the Arctic hotspot of global attention. 

The Arctic’s Stark Global Prophecy


“The looming crisis in the Arctic is a preview of the looming crisis of the global condition.” This is the stark prophecy of Mark Brzezinski, a top Arctic official in the Obama White House, a former U.S. ambassador to Sweden, and the son of the late Zbigniew Brzezinski. On the sidelines of the Wilson Center-Arctic Circle Forum, he described the challenge — and the urgency — of communicating the Arctic to Americans, as well as the region’s vulnerability to being politicized, its often-overlooked social issues, and his father’s Arctic prescience. 

Supporting the Role of Subnational Governments and the Value They Add to our Interests in the Arctic

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was a keynote speaker at the Wilson Center-Arctic Circle Forum on June 21, 2017. On the same day, she published this article in The Hill.

Arctic Issues Becoming Global Issues

Once viewed as local and regional in nature and impact, Arctic issues are becoming global issues. Wilson Center Polar Initiative Director Mike Sfraga explains why in this edition of Wilson Center NOW


Day 1: The Wilson Center-Arctic Circle Forum


The United States and Russia in the Arctic
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center


06-21-2017 Arctic Circle Forum

The North American Arctic: Building a Vision for Regional Collaboration



Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Keynote Address

The North American Arctic: Building a Vision for Regional Collaboration


Coverage by John Milewski with photographs by Christopher Cruz

What Does the World Expect of President-elect Trump: Polar

Coming Soon

The Wilson Center Breaks Ice on Revitalized Polar Initiative

Leading Arctic Expert Tapped to Head Up New Department

WASHINGTON —  The Woodrow Wilson Center announced today that Dr. Michael Sfraga will be the new director of the center’s revitalized Polar Initiative.