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News that Shell had submitted preliminary plans to continue its drilling campaign in the Chukchi Sea continued to top headlines this week. For a good overview of Shell’s new filing, which will abandon the Beaufort Sea in favor of two rigs working simultaneously in the Chukchi Sea, see this article by Clifford Krauss in the New York Times. Any one of several wrenches could foul the works and sideline Shell’s Arctic plans this coming year. First, Shell will have to wait for a ruling on the appeal of the validity of the original Chukchi Sea lease sales issued in 2008. More...
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].
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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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