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Polar Institute Senior Fellow David Balton authored two chapters in The Arctic in World Affairs: A North Pacific Dialogue on Arctic 2030 and Beyond--Pathways to the Future. Ambassador Balton's two chapters are entitled U.S. National Arctic Policies and Priorities Toward 2030 and Beyond, and The Arctic Fisheries Agreement: Looking to 2030 and Beyond.

In U.S. National Arctic Policies and Priorities Toward 2030 and Beyond, Ambassador Balton explores both the generally consistent national Arctic policies of the United States since the early 1990s, as well as shifting priorities within those policies. He also argues that changing Arctic conditions will require the United States and other States with Arctic interests to consider new approaches, particularly to develop a more integrated international architecture for governing human activities in the Arctic.

In The Arctic Fisheries Agreement: Looking to 2030 and Beyond, Ambassador Balton outlines the origins of, and motivations behind, the Agreement, as well as the process by which the Agreement was negotiated. He also describes in general terms the basic elements of the Agreement and offers some thoughts on the contribution that the Agreement will likely make to the evolving international architecture for governing the Arctic Ocean.


About the Author

Ambassador David Balton

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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