Photo: Mads Phil
In political reads this week we have an interesting pair of articles. “Polar bearings” from media giant The Economist is noteworthy for its pithy pun and admirable absence of competitive “to the Arctic or bust” language. Moving from the global to the local (or at least a local paper), “Valcourt picks the lose-lose option” criticizes Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt’s stance on seismic testing and suggests that the Canadian government has “poisoned” its relationship with high Arctic communities.
By Mihaela David and Malte Humpert, July 17, 2014
The appointment of retired Admiral Robert Papp as U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic represents an important step in building an “Arctic Team” at the State Department ahead of the U.S. taking over the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in May 2015. As former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Papp is keenly aware of current and future challenges the United States, Alaska, and the Coast Guard face in the Arctic today. Retired Admiral Papp spearheaded the Coast Guard’s efforts to release a pragmatic and well-focused Arctic strategy to guide maritime operations in the region, and has frequently travelled to Alaska and interacted with communities in the U.S. and circumpolar Arctic in recent years.
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Defense and Security
By Andreas Østhagen, April 30, 2014
Canada’s recent decision to boycott an Arctic Council task force meeting held in Moscow is a direct example of how the Ukraine conflict is starting to impact Arctic cooperation. Given its prominent position in the Arctic, however, Russia is integral to most schemes for the region’s future development.
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European Union
By Andreas Raspotnik and Andreas Østhagen, March 17, 2014
Three years after the European Parliament’s (EP) last resolution on Arctic issues[1], the European Union’s (EU) parliamentary institution has adopted yet another non-binding resolution dealing with the EU’s northern neighbourhood in its plenary session on Wednesday, March 12th.
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European Union
By Andreas Raspotnik and Andreas Østhagen, May 22, 2014
Although currently occupied with more urgent issues affecting the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood, the Council of the European Union, adopted its latest conclusion on the Arctic





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