Overcoming challenges facing Polar Silk Road

China Daily published an article titled, “Overcoming challenges facing Polar Silk Road”. The article reads in part as follows:

Ballast water is dangerous for the Arctic environment since it contains a variety of invasive species that constitute a menace to the fragile flora and fauna in the Arctic and can displace local organisms and creatures, thus changing the whole structure of the feeding system.

Implementing China’s vision of a Polar Silk Road, therefore, requires solutions for ballast water treatment in order to make Arctic entrance for Chinese industries smooth and profitable. Ballast water management on the route from China to Europe has to address the issues of how to dispose of, how to clean and what mechanisms to apply in order to avoid illegal ballast water discharge in the Arctic.

China Expands Its Global Governance Ambitions in the Arctic

Chatham House published an article titled, “China Expands Its Global Governance Ambitions in the Arctic”. The article reads in part as follows:

As polar ice melts, the Arctic will become increasingly important for its untapped oil, gas and minerals as they become more accessible, as well for its shipping routes, which will become increasingly cost efficient for cargo as parts of the routes become ice-free for extended periods.

A number of countries, including Russia and China, are also exploring the possibilities around overflights, commercial fishing, the laying of submarine cables and pipelines, and scientific research.

Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018

IISD Reporting Services published an article titled, “Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018”. The article reads in part as follows:

Arctic biodiversity is under threat. Conserving this ecosystem requires a holistic approach and the involvement of non-Arctic states and stakeholders. In partnership with the Finish Ministry of the Environment, the 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress will take place from 9-12 October 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland. Organized by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, the Congress will foster a dialogue among key stakeholders working on the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, including scientists, indigenous peoples, policy-makers, governments officials, industry, students and civil society.

Russia’s New Commanding Role in the Arctic (Op-ed)

The Moscow Times published an article titled, “Russia’s New Commanding Role in the Arctic (Op-ed)”. The article reads in part as follows:

While Russia’s economy is increasingly burdened by Western sanctions, Moscow has recently made crucial headway with a new Arctic transport corridor, which could have far-reaching economic and geopolitical consequences.

Last month, Maersk, which is the world’s largest shipping firm, made headlines by sending its first cargo ship through Russia’s Northern Sea Route. The NSR links Asia to Europe, utilizing Russian waters in the Arctic Ocean.

Russia’s Plan To Boost North Sea Route Annual Cargo Challenging- Arctic Economic Council

UrduPoint published an article titled, “Russia’s Plan To Boost North Sea Route Annual Cargo Challenging- Arctic Economic Council”. The article reads in part as follows:

The goal to increase the shipping volume of Russia‘s Northern Sea Route to 80 million tonnes per year announced by RussianPresident Vladimir Putin is challenging and will require additional investment, Tero Vauraste, the vice chairman of the Arctic Economic Council, told Sputnik on Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Putin set out the key areas of development of the Russian Far East at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum being held in Russia on September 11-13. In particular, the Russian president has ordered that the transportation between Europe and the Pacific Rim should be improved with the help of the Northern Sea Route, whose annual flow of goods should be increased to 80 million tonnes.

Nearly Fifth of Russia GDP Potential Comes From Arctic – Arctic Economic Council

Sputnik published an article titled, “Nearly Fifth of Russia GDP Potential Comes From Arctic – Arctic Economic Council”. The article reads in part as follows:

The fourth annual Eastern Economic Forum kicked off on September 11 in Russia’s Far East. The EEF has been held since 2015, and serves as a platform for developing political, financial and social ties between Russia and the Asia-Pacific region.

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America Must Act on the North and South Poles

The National Interest published an article titled, “America Must Act on the North and South Poles”. The article reads in part as follows:

The two poles of our planet—the Arctic and Antarctica—demand greater attention right now. For decades, the United States has played a leadership role in both regions, a responsibility that it must continue to fulfill as a warming climate and other drivers of change are creating new challenges and opportunities. Regrettably, the Trump Administration has not devoted the resources or high-level attention necessary to maintaining American leadership position on these critical matters.

International Politics and Governance in the Arctic – An Introduction

The Arctic Institute published an article titled, “International Politics and Governance in the Arctic – An Introduction”. The article reads in part as follows:

For the first time in a German-language textbook, the history, actors, institutions, and processes of international Arctic politics and governance are analysed clearly and comprehensibly against the background of various policy fields and theories of International Relations. Questions such as “What constitutes the Arctic as a region in international relations?”, “Which actors and institutions play a role in Arctic governance?”, “What significance do resources and shipping routes have in an increasingly accessible Arctic?”, and “What environmental and safety concerns are associated with a warmer Arctic?” are at the centre of current scientific and political debates addressed in this book. It thus offers beginners as well as advanced scholars of Arctic politics and governance an orientation between the historical romanticisation of the Arctic region as no man’s land and its current characterisation as an impending conflict area.

The Changing Arctic inquiry

Fitzwilliam College Cambridge published an article titled, “The Changing Arctic inquiry”. The article reads in part as follows:

On 11 July 2018, Fellow Dr Richard Powell appeared as a witness before the House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into ‘The Changing Arctic’.

During the session Dr Powell, who is Director of Studies in Geography, was asked to provide expertise in UK Arctic social sciences and humanities and advise on formation of UK Arctic research and policy. He was joined by Henry Burgess, Head of the Arctic Office, British Antarctic Survey, and Prof Duncan Wingham, NERC Executive Chair, Natural Environment Research Council.

US Falls Behind in the Arctic Arms Race

Fair Observer published an article titled, “US Falls Behind in the Arctic Arms Race”. The article reads in part as follows:

Many international actors have recognized the growing strategic and commercial importance of the Arctic Circle and its newly opening waterways.

In August 2017, the Russian tanker Christophe de Margerie completed a northern expedition through the Arctic Circle, traveling from Norway to South Korea in the span of 19 days without an icebreaker escort. News of the voyage provided a jolt to an international community that had been anxiously watching what appeared to be the beginnings of an Arctic arms race.