Photo: Cecil Sanders
Victoria Herrmann, June 11, 2015
Today, the phrase ‘Arctic energy’ has become synonymous with snowy oil rigs, icy ocean exploration, and Greenpeace activists. The recent conditional approval of Shell’s plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea has reinforced this narrow delineation of what’s included in energy debates about the top of the world. Reflective of how the lower 48 views the Arctic more generally, northern energy is written as an extractive narrative. From the opening of shipping routes to warnings of climate change consequences, the Arctic is frequently framed and valued by how it can help those living below 66 Degrees. But, under the new US Arctic Council leadership, northern energy has the potential to move beyond its extractive definition predicated on global profits to instead focus on local paybacks.
Andreas Østhagen, May 27, 2015
For a decade, journalists and scholars have been engaged in debates on the potential for conflict over Arctic resources and territory. After more sober discussions prevailed the past few years, alarmist headlines have returned due to Russia’s expansionist behavior 2000 south in Ukraine. Outright conflict over the Arctic, however, seems unlikely. At worst, claims over the North Pole’s seabed will lead to a diplomatic struggle. The potential for conflict over offshore resources is also vastly exaggerated. Yet, to contend, like some have, that the Arctic is ‘completely uninteresting geopolitically’, neglects the role that the region plays in the security considerations of some Arctic states, Russia in particular. Military activity in the Arctic is at its highest point since the Cold War. Russian bombers flying along the North Norwegian coast or across the North Pole from the Kola Peninsula continue at high numbers and with increasing complexity.
courtesy of Marc Jacobsen
By Doris Friedrich, Mike McCormack, Seth Myers and Ryan Uljua June 24, 2015
A consortium including Imperial Oil, ExxonMobil, and BP have asked Canadian authorities for a seven-year extension to a license for exploration activities north of the Northwest Territories, effectively delaying the beginning of exploratory drilling.
Source: Hæren/Forsvarets mediesenter
Victoria Herrmann, April 25, 2015
In 1958, the U.S. Army released an educational film on the Distant Early Warning System. The system, known as the DEW line, was built as a series of radar sites.
Illustration: Juan M. Sarabia
Andreas Østhagen & Andreas Raspotnik, April 22, 2015
The city of Bodø, North Norway’s second largest community, recently saw a number of relatively unfamiliar visitors: Members of the European Parliament (MEP).
photo: Ville Miettine
Jonas Kassow, March 17, 2015
Economic sanctions imposed by the US, EU, and others on Russia will boost the already visible energy diversification into Asian markets as well as business cooperation between Russian and Chinese companies.
Sebastian Knecht, April 14, 2015
When government representatives will gather for the 9th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Iqaluit they will again have to decide on a number of applications by non-Arctic states.
By Victoria Herrmann April 16, 2015
Globalization, urbanization, and demographic shifts present Arctic policy makers and residents with the opportunity to reinvent circumpolar development for the 21st Century. Download Full Report
Graphic: Kathrin Keil
By Kathrin Keil, February 2, 2015
Next to all Arctic researchers these days are confronted with the notion that multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches are inevitable for the future progress of Arctic research.
Duncan Depledge, March 9, 2015
Last week, the House of Lords published it's first-ever report on the Arctic recommending that the UK appoint an Arctic Ambassador.
Photo: US Navy/Kevin Elliott
Opinion - Arctic Security
By Victoria Herrmann, January 23, 2015
On Tuesday night President Obama took the Senate floor with almost half of the country approving of his economic actions – the most since his hope-filled early months in office. And for good reason. Unemployment has fallen to its lowest levels since 2008.
Photo: Overland Andersen / UD
By Kathrin Keil, January 26, 2015
After two days of policy talk, Arctic scientists from various disciplines filled the auditoriums of the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. Here some highlights of the key note speeches.
Photo: Deutsch Roemer
By Marc Jacobsen and Andreas Raspotnik
Opinion - United States
Victoria Herrmann, December 15, 2014
A lot has changed since the United States has last held the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 1998. What was once seen as a closed theater of the Cold War has been transformed into a global hot spot for scientific research.
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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.
Photo: EU Parliament
Three years after the European Parliament’s (EP) last resolution on Arctic issues, 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.
Photo: The Arctic Institute
Andreas Østhagen, October 9, 2014
Coast guards are the maritime workhorses of coastal states, intent on protecting their sovereign rights to fisheries and petroleum resources, while also safeguarding lives and the environment. In an Arctic Klondike, this institution does the heavy lifting.
Photo: Timo Palo
Global coverage of Arctic geopolitics since 2007 has fed simplistic narratives about the potential for conflict in the region in ways that the eight Arctic states have struggled to counter.
Malte Humpert, October 31, 2014
Expectations are high that Arctic shipping routes, particularly the Northern Sea Route (NSR), will rival traditional shipping routes
Map: The Arctic Institute
Kathrin Keil and Andreas Raspotnik, October 22, 2014
The Russian and Norwegian Arctic are gaining notoriety as an alternative maritime route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and as sources of natural resources.
Map: Patrick Kelley
By Malte Humpert, November 23, 2013
Every time Arctic sea ice extent reaches a new record low a host of new reports and studies predict a rapid increase in shipping activities in the Arctic. Expectations are high that Arctic shipping routes, particularly the Northern Sea Route, will rival traditional shipping routes.
Photo: MFA Norway
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.
By Marc Jacobsen, July 28, 2014
One of the first things the Greenlandic politicians will be confronted in with when they return to Inatsisartut, is a legislative proposal by the current Naalakkersuisut that may limit the public’s right to access documents.
Map: Patrick Kelley
By The Arctic Institute, September 1, 2014
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By Malte Humpert, September 21, 2014
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