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On July 17 and 18, 2019, the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, U.S. National Ice Center, and Wilson Center’s Polar Institute hosted
the 8th Biennial Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations—abbreviated to Ice-
Diminishing Arctic or “IDA.” The Polar Institute is pleased to summarize the topics of each speaker’s presentation in these proceedings.

Click here for the full event recording and selected quotes. Many thanks are due to IDA partners including the Arctic Domain Awareness CenterPatuxent Partnership, and Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary's College of Maryland.


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.  Read more

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The Global Risk and Resilience Program (GRRP) seeks to support the development of inclusive, resilient networks in local communities facing global change. By providing a platform for sharing lessons, mapping knowledge, and linking people and ideas, GRRP and its affiliated programs empower policymakers, practitioners, and community members to participate in the global dialogue on sustainability and resilience. Empowered communities are better able to develop flexible, diverse, and equitable networks of resilience that can improve their health, preserve their natural resources, and build peace between people in a changing world.  Read more