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As water warms and ice melts, the Arctic Ocean is changing rapidly. More cargo and tourism ships are navigating icy waters. Fish stocks are changing their course. Valuable natural resources are becoming easier to extract.

These changes are not only shifting ecological, economic, and political boundaries; they also change states’ access and rights to maritime resources like hydrocarbons, fisheries, and seabed minerals. Across the region, concerns over maritime resource ownership, search and rescue, management, sustainability, and emergency response are quickly emerging.

A New Ocean explores how Arctic actors can use multilateral cooperation to overcome emerging maritime security and safety concerns. Our researchers analyze the needs and demands across the Arctic Ocean to better understand how current marine resource regimes are able to respond and adapt to a changing environment.


To explore new ideas and solutions for emerging marine resource conflicts and maritime territorial disputes in the Arctic.

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To promote dialogue and multilateral cooperation around emergency response, search and rescue, and maritime capacity in the Arctic Ocean.

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To create a network of security actors committed to building new frameworks of cooperation for a more secure region.

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Research & Analysis

At the Arctic Institute, we’re committed to exploring unanswered questions of how states can effectively respond to the challenges of a new Arctic Ocean. While agreements on search and rescue and oil spill response have been signed and an Arctic Coast Guard Forum has been created, questions remain whether such efforts are sufficient, and to what extent in-place multilateral cooperation can alleviate growing regional pressures. Through innovative reports, commentary, and policy briefs, our researchers are looking beyond the conventional to propose innovative analyses and solutions to the North’s new maritime status quoes.

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Engagement with local partners

In the Arctic, as in the rest of the world, creating a more secure maritime environment requires collaboration between and engagement with many different stakeholders. National governments, who choose what capabilities to invest in; the coast guard, who handle a growing number of tasks in the Arctic Ocean; industry, who move innovation and economic development; and local and indigenous communities who rely on the Ocean for livelihoods, traditions, and transit routes are all critical to the security conversation. By partnering with organizations like the Norwegian Shipowners Association and the Korean Maritime Institute who share our vision of a more secure Arctic Ocean, we’re creating a global network of actors to make that vision a reality.

Events & Conferences

A crucial component of fostering a more secure Arctic maritime community is the dissemination and accumulation of knowledge through events. Through its global network of researchers and scholars, the Arctic Institute brings together political, industry, and community Arctic and non-Arctic actors in workshops and seminars foster a dialogue around maritime recourse management, boundary disputes, emergency response, and shipping in a rapidly changing region.

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Published five major reports and twenty articles on the new maritime security challenges and economic opportunities in the circumpolar north.