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Newsletter
By Kevin Casey, Maura Farrell, Doris Friedrich, Seth Myers and Caitlin Del Sole, December 17, 2014
Denmark has formally submitted a claim to the UN for the area around the North Pole, challenging similar claims by Canada and Russia. The Danish claim is based off of data Denmark argues shows the Lomonosov Ridge is an extension of Greenland’s continental shelf, and covers some 895,000 square kilometers –  an area approximately 20 times the size of Denmark. The claim, according to Danish academics, is meant to signal “that Denmark could not be pushed about.
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, resource development, and economic potential. The effects of climate change have unearthed opportunities and challenges for not only the eight Arctic nations, but also countries and activist groups across the globe that are concerned and enticed by the melting pole. ne thing, however, has remained relatively constant: the American public still sees its northern territory as remote, and the Arctic region in general as an uninhabited wilderness of glaciers, snow, and polar bears on icebergs.
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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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Podcast
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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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
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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Greenland
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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Map: Patrick Kelley
Newsletter
By The Arctic Institute, September 1, 2014
The Arctic Institute’s weekly newsletter The Arctic This Week (TATW) is sent out to 1850 subscribers in 85+ countries. To receive your free copy you can sign up by clicking here. To learn more about TATW please click here.
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Maps
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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