Iceland and the Arctic: Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2019-2021

Iceland assumed the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council on May 7, 2019, and will lead the international, consensus-driven organization through 2021. Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, will present an overview of the country’s Arctic Council Chairmanship agenda, Arctic policy, national interests, and perspectives on the shared opportunities and challenges facing a region undergoing dramatic change. 

Infrastructure in the Arctic: Building for Tomorrow

The United States Arctic's extreme operating environment poses unique challenges to land and coastal-based infrastructure development, with receding sea ice, coastal erosion, and thawing permafrost, among other effects of climate change, complicating efforts. This panel will discuss these challenges and how they affect projections of future maritime traffic, existing development activities, and the emerging vision of the Alaska of tomorrow.


5-Part Series: The Arctic and U.S. National Security

The Arctic is undergoing profound geological change at a dizzying pace. The Wilson Center’s Polar Institute is proud to present a new program series about the international and local implications of this new Arctic to an Alaskan audience who are most directly affected.

The series, The Arctic and U.S. National Security, will air Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 12 on GCI Channel 907, starting at 8 p.m. each day.

Arctic Research in the National Interest

The United States possesses a wide array of Arctic research facilities operated by the federal government and research institutions. One of the most unique facilities is the High-frequency Active Aurora Research Program (HAARP), owned and operated by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

An Interview with Woodrow Wilson Fellow Ruslan Garipov

Ruslan Garipov is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow with the Polar Institute, where he researches indigenous populations in the Russian polar north and greater Arctic region. The Kennan Institute recently asked him to reflect on his work at The Wilson Center and on how he hopes his research will have an impact on policy going forward.

Q: Tell me about your background and what brought you to The Wilson Center.