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Wilson Center entrusted with Critical Arctic Documents from Guggenheim Partners

WASHINGTON, DC – The Wilson Center announced today that as part of a newly formed partnership with Guggenheim Partners, Guggenheim’s Arctic Infrastructure Inventory would be transferred to the Wilson Center and managed by the Center’s Polar Institute.

The Wilson Center’s Polar Institute raises awareness about critical issues facing the Polar regions by fostering research, dialogue, and programmatic activity on Arctic and Antarctic issues. 

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Round 2: Key Findings and Policy Recommendations for Resilient, Thriving and Sustainable Arctic Communities and Economies

The Arctic faces critical policy challenges on many issues including climate change response, public health and health care infrastructure, energy, environmental protection, sustainable management of the Arctic Ocean, infrastructure, Indigenous rights, and governance. These challenges require international cooperation and policy decisions that are grounded in Indigenous and local knowledge and western science and informed by Arctic residents.

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Interview: Mead Treadwell

Mead Treadwell shared his thoughts on the symposium’s growing international influence and the tough questions it tries to answer. He highlights the opportunities and challenges that the Arctic holds in feeding, fueling, and connecting the world. Treadwell is the former Lieutenant Governor of the State of Alaska, and the former Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission.

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Interview: Atsushi Sunami

Dr. Atsushi Sunami discussed several Arctic issues from climate change and rapidly melting ice, to extreme weather conditions and their implications for Japan. He highlighted Japan’s other interests in the Arctic, including the opening of the Northern Sea Route and the access to European Ports. Sunami is the President of the Ocean Policy Research Institute at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Interview: Tero Vauraste

Tero Vauraste discussed the role of economics in developing the Arctic Region. Vauraste highlights the region's 1 trillion USD investment potential, and the need for infrastructure to support increased activity as the Arctic enters into a new era. He also touched upon the importance of Arctic Council cooperation and dialogues to mitigate security concerns. Vauraste is the President of Mariadi Ltd, and former Chair of the Arctic Economic Council.

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Interview: Alice Rogoff

Alice Rogoff discussed the story of the Arctic - America’s new "Mediterranean Sea." Rogoff shared her thoughts on how the Arctic is more than just melting ice but a region with people, culture, and economies as riveting as any other society, and her goals for teaching that story to an ever-expanding audience. Rogoff is the Publisher of Arctic Today.

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Interview: Michael Mora

Michael Mora discussed Olgoonik Corporation’s business and its impact in Alaska. Mora explains some concerns a changing environment holds for the company and its Indigenous shareholders and also touches on the opportunities provided when the voices of the Arctic are incorporated in decisions. Mora is the COO of Olgoonik Corporation.

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Interview: Admiral Charles W. Ray

Admiral Charles W. Ray expanded upon three of the Coast Guard’s top priorities in the Arctic region, including the enhancement of Arctic capabilities, the participation in a rules-based order, and the continued innovation of technology. These priorities emphasize the promotion of resilience and prosperity in a region of considerable strategic importance to national security. Admiral Ray is the Vice Commandant of the US Coast Guard.

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Interview: Gail Schubert

Gail Schubert provided an inside look at the impact climate change is having on the Indigenous communities in Alaska, including her home village. She touched on the realities of these changes and the burdens they place on a resilient, but largely subsistence-based population. Schubert is the President & CEO of Bering Straits Native Corporation. Schubert is the President & CEO of Bering Straits Native Corporation.

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Interview: Senator Lisa Murkowski

Senator Lisa Murkowski opined on the Arctic narrative and its changing environment. She discussed the geostrategic importance of Alaska, an emerging ocean, and what that means for the future of conflict and cooperation in the north. She also highlighted priorities in the region involving security, energy, and bringing the voices of the Indigenous communities to the policy table. Murkowski is a US Senator representing the State of Alaska. Murkowski is a US Senator representing the State of Alaska.