The Arctic is no longer an isolated or remote region; it is a critical component of the global political, economic, social, physical, and national security landscape. The region is experiencing rapid change in: commerce, climate, commodities, cooperation, competition, communities, and connectivity. Therefore, navigating the Arctic’s 7 C’s requires regional expertise as well as purposeful interdisciplinary approaches. The Wilson Center is addressing the future of the new “global Arctic.”
Navigating the Arctic's 7 Cs Monograph
This monograph puts forth a framework for understanding the Arctic for experts and the public alike, through seven key issues at play in today's Arctic: climate, commodities, commerce, connectivity, communities, cooperation, and competition.Explore the 7 Cs
Dr. Michael Sfraga
Chair & Distinguished Fellow, Polar Institute // Chair, US Arctic Research Commission
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Once considered remote and isolated, the Arctic region is now part of the global political, social, economic, security, and geopolitical landscape—this reality requires research and policy analysis now more than ever.
Ambassador David Balton
Executive Director, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, Office of Science & Technology Policy, White House; former Senior Fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Center
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As the Arctic opens, the nations and peoples of the region are struggling to keep pace with the dizzying rate of change. At the international level, we are seeking ways to strengthen Arctic governance, particularly of increasing human activities in the Arctic Ocean.
Senior Fellow, Polar Institute and Environmental Change & Security Program
Ross A. Virginia
Global Fellow, Polar Institute