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Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.

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New US Antarctic Policy

Read reaction and analysis here: how this strategic move impacts not only national security but also environmental stewardship and international collaboration in one of the world's most remote and sensitive areas.

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US Extended Continental Shelf

Visit the Polar Institute's comprehensive hub dedicated to the United States Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). Explore the background and impact of the US ECS Project through a variety of ECS-related publications and content, and dive into an informative journey through the depths of maritime boundaries and resources.

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Recent Insights

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Security and Defense
The DOD's New Arctic Strategy: An In-Depth Discussion
Strategic Competition
360° View of America’s “ICE Pact” Polar Icebreaker Partnership with Canada and Finland
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