Photo: Mads Phil
In energy reads, see this article by Kevin McGwin in the Arctic Journal that does an admirable job of reading the tea leaves in regards to Cairn Energy’s intentions in Greenland. Although the company has invested billions in exploration in Greenland without any major discoveries, Cairn may be focusing its future exploration dollars outside the Arctic. In mining reads this week, this Petroleum News piece gives a great overview of the mining sector in Alaska so far this year, chronicling the various progress and setbacks in a comprehensive article.  
By Marc Jacobsen, July 28, 2014
One of the first things the Greenlandic politicians will be confronted with when they return to Inatsisartut (Greenland’s parliament) after their summer vacation, is a rather contentious legislative proposal by the current Naalakkersuisut (Greenland’s government) that may limit the public’s right to access documents concerning the development of Greenland’s vast raw materials. In short, the proposal reads: “For the sake of a smooth and faster processing of documents received, it is proposed that the timing of when to apply for access is postponed until a decision is made or the case is set. Thus, the time can be used for i.a. preparing documents for consultations, rather than having to take a position on requests about access to documents in cases in which the documents will be subsequently published anyway” [1].
Map: The Arctic Institute
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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