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Kathrin Keil, May 26, 2016
The Executive Summary of the Review of Denmark’s Foreign and Security Policy from May 2016 highlights that “[i]n light of the increased military presence and activity level in the Arctic, it should be explored whether there is support for a discussion forum on security policy related to the Arctic.” Peter Taksøe-Jensen, Danish Ambassador to the United States and author of the piece, is not the only one calling for Arctic governance structures—especially the Arctic Council—to finally consider traditional, military security issues. As those already familiar with the Arctic know, the founding document of the Arctic Council explicitly excludes military security matters from the Council’s mandate and, to date, there are no other Arctic forums that deal explicitly with military security.
Join The Arctic Institute for the High North Dialogue 2016 in Bodø, North Norway this May.
The third Arctic Circle Forum was held in Nuuk and specifically dealt with the importance of focusing on people who live in the north and not only on the economic potential in the region (AJ). The Arctic Circle event allowed people to talk to the whole world, making it easier to insert a local element on the international stage (AJ).
Marc Jacobsen, May 4, 2016
The only reason why Denmark is an Arctic state is because Greenland is part of the Danish Realm. Without Greenland, Denmark would lose the opportunity of sitting at the table with great powers such as Canada, Russia, and the United States; something which is quite unique for a small state like Denmark.
Photo: European Commission
A new Arctic Communication by the EU is supposed to set the stage for an “integrated EU Arctic policy.” Read our three-part analysis: Part I analysed the very meaning of an “integrated EU Arctic policy”. Part II discussed the most visible aspects of this progress: the EU’s approach towards the European Arctic. Part III contextualized the Communication in the broader circumpolar setting of Arctic cooperation.
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Victoria Herrmann, April 26, 2016
Climate change is about more than just carbon emissions. Globally, methane (CH4) is the second most emitted greenhouse gas. And though its lifespan in the atmosphere is much shorter than carbon dioxide, its impact on climate change is 25 times greater over a 100-year period.
Check out our infographic on how methane affects the Arctic.
Photo: Kris Krüg, Flickr
Daria Shapovalova, April 21, 2016
Black carbon has been high on the political agenda of the Arctic Council, and for good reasons. It is believed that immediate reductions of black carbon (BC) emissions might slow the Arctic warming in the next decades…
Check out our infographic on how black carbon affects the Arctic.
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Ryan Uljua, April 4, 2016
Following a sly piece of last-minute legislative maneuvering, the US Congress is now widely expected to fund a ninth National Security Cutter (NSC) for the Coast Guard. The ninth NSC will join the originally planned eight ships, six of which have already been built.
Photo: Wilfried Greaves
Wilfrid Greaves, March 22, 2016
Environmental changes in the Arctic are driving complex physical and social processes that place circumpolar states and peoples on the frontline of global environmental insecurity. Humanity’s collective impacts on the global biosphere have led to a new geological era...
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Map: Patrick Kelley
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