Takeaways from the 11th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Rovaniemi


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland, on 7 May 2019.

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SDWG is the Human Voice of the Arctic Council: Sarah Cox


Sarah Cox and Justin Barnes In this ‘Polar Matters’ interview, Sarah Cox, Director of the Circumpolar Affairs Directorate, Department of

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What Canada’s Budget 2019 Means For the Arctic


Dawn at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. © joiseyshowaa | Flickr Andrew Chater Introduction On 19 March 2019, the government of Canada

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Canada’s 2019 Federal Budget and the Arctic


Parliament Hill, Ottawa. © Asif A Ali Justin Barnes On 19 March 2019, the federal government of Canada released their

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The Presidency of Donald Trump in the Arctic Council


President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation and President Sauli

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Commercial Sealers under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants


Woodstock in northern Newfoundland. © Nikolas Sellheim Nikolas Sellheim On 17 December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted

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Export Trade from the Canadian Territories: A Closer Look


Iqaluit, Nunavut. Photo by Aaron M Lloyd. Karen Everett In a previous article, I provided an overview of international trade

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The Model Arctic Council: An Opportunity for Innovative Policy Dialogue


Justin Barnes and Brittany Ennis From 29 October to 2 November 2018, while the Senior Arctic Officials of the Arctic

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The Trillion-Dollar Reason for an Arctic Infrastructure Standard


Iron ore is regularly transported by train from Sweden to the Norwegian coast, one example of the growing number of

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Delegates from 20 Nations convene in the United Kingdom for Arctic Encounter London 2019


Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI) and the Arctic Encounter host the first Arctic Encounter London in London, UK, on

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When the Kingdom Comes: Saudi Arabia in the Arctic


Richard Clifford It is often said that what happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic but affects

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Dr Nikolas Sellheim on The Seal Hunt: Cultures, Economies and Legal Regimes


© Nikolas Sellheim Lana Ollier and Nikolas Sellheim For the January edition of Polar Matters, Lana Ollier, Fellow at Polar Research

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Iceland’s Biodome – A Global Leader in Sustainability, Tourism and Geo Climate Technology


An architect’s impression of ALDIN Biodome Reykjavik – A geo climate oasis, wellness attraction and all-weather destination in Reykjavik.  ©

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Alaskans are Poised to ‘Take a Stand’ in Fish-Focused Ballot Measure


© Erin Willahan Erin Willahan If the upcoming mid-term elections this November were not polarising enough for communities across the

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AMAP Assessment 2018: Arctic Ocean Acidification. PRPI Fellow Brooks Kaiser among Lead Authors


Prof. Brooks Kaiser, Head of the Fisheries Unit at Polar Research and Policy Initiative, is one of the lead authors

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Decolonising the Arctic, One Tattoo at a time: A Conversation with Holly Mititquq Nordlum


Erin Willahan Erin Willahan, Fellow at Polar Research and Policy Initiative, speaks to Alaska-based Iñupiaq artist Holly Mititquq Nordlum about the

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India as a Polar Stakeholder: Interview with Dr M Ravichandran


India’s new Antarctic research station, Bharati. (Courtesy of Boo Architekten and NCAOR.) Hriday Ch Sarma Hriday Sarma, India Fellow at

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Arctic Marine Resource Governance: Interview with Dr Brooks Kaiser


Lana Ollier Lana Ollier, Fellow at Polar Research and Policy Initiative, speaks to Dr Brooks Kaiser, the Head of the Fisheries Unit

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The Quest for an Arctic University in Canada


Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon. Justin Barnes Introduction The quest for an Arctic university in Canada has been a long one,

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Arctic Antibiotics – The Hunt for New Medicines in the Arctic


Figure 1: The future of medicine could be hiding here, on the Arctic seabed where unknown organisms dwell (NSF, 2005)

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