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New regulations were released by the Obama administration this week to guide oil and gas exploration in the US Arctic. The new regulations will require detailed, Arctic specific drilling plans, including a 24 hour blow-out response capability and, controversially, the presence of a back-up rig that can drill a relief well in the event of an accident (Guardian). The plan is already stirring controversy on all sides of the Arctic oil debate.
Victoria Herrmann, February 27, 2015
The population of Alaska is projected to increase by 28 percent to 915,211 by 2035, nearly double the national population growth rate for the United States in the same period. [1] With lower infant mortality rates and better medical treatment for the elderly, the two biggest demographics poised to grow are the youngest and oldest sectors of Alaskan society. And yet, through institutionalized social practices, young and old are isolated from one another now more than ever. By channeling youth into schools and expecting seniors to live a secluded home life or age-homogeneous retirement communities, these separate islands of activity have eroded the social support networks that once connected one generation to the next.

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Victoria Herrmann, February 23, 2015
Today more than ever before, the circumpolar region is integrated into the international system.  
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By Andreas Raspotnik, February 23, 2015
In our 3rd podcast for the High North Dialogue 2015 we talked with Alexander Sergunin, Professor in the Department of International Relations at St. Petersburg State University.
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By Andreas Raspotnik, February 2, 2015
In cooperation with the 2015 High North Dialogue we conduct a series of podcast interviews with some of the speakers and participants of the conference as well as other Arctic voices.
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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.
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Conference Report
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.
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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.
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Opinion - Arctic Security
Mikkel Runge Olesen and Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen, December 8, 2014
Despite periodic warnings about the coming of a new Cold War in the Arctic, the regional dynamics in the High North are not a ticking bomb under broader international security. It is a remarkably peaceful region.
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Marc Jacobsen, November 10, 2014
In cooperation with the 2015 High North Dialogue we conduct a series of podcast interviews with some of the speakers and participants of the conference as well as other Arctic voices.
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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.
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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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Coast Guard
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.
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Arctic Council
By Matthew Willis and Duncan Depledge, September 22, 2014
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.
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Arctic Shipping
Malte Humpert, October 31, 2014
Expectations are high that Arctic shipping routes, particularly the Northern Sea Route (NSR), will rival traditional shipping routes
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Arctic Shipping
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.
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Arctic Shipping
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.
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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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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.
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By The Arctic Institute, September 1, 2014
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By Malte Humpert, September 21, 2014
The Arctic Institute maintains a database of custom-produced Arctic maps in infographics. The archive includes maps about Arctic shipping, ice extent, oil and gas resources, legal boundaries, permafrost, international trade and many more. For a full gallery please click here and here.





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