Small Players in the Big Game? The Arctic and its Small States


The Arctic Council (AC) offers the Arctic states a forum for discussion and cooperation on an equal footing. This is

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Trends Among the Arctic Council Observers, 2015-2017


10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting held in Fairbanks, 2017. ©U.S. Department of State There has been much written about the motivation of observers

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Observers to the Arctic Council and their Benefits


8th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, 2013. © U.S. Department of State The Arctic Council has been widely accepted

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Lessons From the Arctic About Russia


President Vladimir Putin meeting in March 2017 with President of Iceland Guðni Jóhannesson at the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia.

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The Significance of the Arctic Council’s 2017 Ministerial Meeting


Secretary Tillerson Poses for a Family Photo With Principal Participants and Heads of Delegation at the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial

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What are the UK’s Interests in the Arctic?


The UK has been cautious in forming and enacting an Arctic strategy thus far. In many ways, this is unsurprising

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US Arcticness 150 Years After the Alaska Purchase


The 7.2 million USD check used to pay for Alaska On March 30, 1867, when the Treaty of Cession was

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A Second Opportunity? Mechanisms of Renewed Russia’s Arctic Colonisation


Panoramic view of Murmansk, Russia. Photo via euno – Flickr Although Canada and the U.S. announced their resolute positions towards

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The Shadow of the Future: The Demand for an Arctic Regime


New pathways or old wine in new bottles? Once again, it is necessary to rethink theoretical approaches to prepare the

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The Implications of the United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the United States’ now former-President Barack Obama. Picture via US Embassy and Consulates, Canada. 2016 ended with one of

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Icebreakers: An Overview


As the Arctic ice cap retreats further north every summer, the Arctic Ocean becomes an ever more enticing area for

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Scotland urged to go ‘Nordic’ to boost tourism and trade


Article published in The Sunday Herald, on 22 January, 2017: ‘Scotland urged to go ‘Nordic’ to boost tourism and trade’. Dr

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Personnel is Policy: Tillerson, Trump’s Cabinet, and the Arctic


When the Arctic Council meets in Fairbanks, Alaska, for the final ministerial of the US chairship, the Arctic’s foreign and

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2016: An Anomalous Year?


Donald Trump looks over his shoulder at us, the smallest smile visible: Person of the Year. It has undoubtedly been

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International Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic: Prelude or Symphony?


Photo from Yngve Olsen Sæbbe, via Nordnorsk Opera Og Symphoniorkester It is highly recommended to turn on any classical symphony when

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How has cooperation in the Arctic survived Western-Russian Geopolitical Tension?


With two strokes of a pen followed by rapturous applause from the Kremlin audience, Russia formally annexed Crimea on 18 March

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Beyond Transitions: US Arctic Leadership and the Future for Climate-displaced Populations


Kivalina, a village facing coastal erosion. Image via Flickr. The impacts of rapid climate change are numerous and significant. In

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A Tale of Friendship and Legacy – Bilateral North American Polar Protection


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza By Josh Caldon and Andrew Chater On 10 March 2016, President Barack Obama

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On Ice and Art


Ice Watch (2015), a major public art project by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing, on the occasion of COP 21 – United

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Finding the Middle Ground: Reggie Joule and the President’s Task Force


Reggie Joule, former mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough, was one of the two indigenous representatives on the President’s State,

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