Explaining the Arctic Council Secretariat: Norms and Values (Part I)

The Arctic Institute published an article titled, “Explaining the Arctic Council Secretariat: Norms and Values (Part I)”. The article reads in part as follows:

Inuit Circumpolar Council signs four-year Arctic action plan

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner published an article titled, “Inuit Circumpolar Council signs four-year Arctic action plan”. The article reads in part as follows:

The Inuit Circumpolar Council wrapped up it’s 2018 General Assembly here Thursday.

Iñupiat, Yupik and Cup’ik from Alaska and Inuit from Canada, Greenland and Russia got together to discuss a range of common issues and interests across the circumpolar north. The meeting concluded with the signing of the Utqiaġvik Declaration, which will guide the ICC’s work for the next four years.

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Inuit Circumpolar Council signs Utqiaġvik Declaration: a guide for Arctic action for the next four years

KTOO Public Media published an article titled, “Inuit Circumpolar Council signs Utqiaġvik Declaration: a guide for Arctic action for the next four years”. The article reads in part as follows:

The Inuit Circumpolar Council wrapped up it’s 2018 General Assembly Thursday in Utqiaġvik.

Iñupiat, Yupik and Cup’ik from Alaska and Inuit from Canada, Greenland and Russia got together to discuss a range of common issues and interests across the circumpolar north. The meeting concluded with the signing of the Utqiaġvik Declaration, which will guide the ICC’s work for the next four years.

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How has Singapore been legitimising its presence in the Arctic?

East Asia Forum published an article titled, “How has Singapore been legitimising its presence in the Arctic?”. The article reads in part as follows:

Sixteen years after its admission into the Arctic Council, France published its official Arctic roadmap in 2016. Japan released a ‘Basic Plan on Ocean Policy’ in 2013 highlighting its official Arctic initiatives, and it published a more comprehensive official Arctic policy paper in 2015. In January 2018, China became the latest Arctic Council observer to release its policy. But Singapore, despite joining the Arctic Council in 2013, has yet to formulate an official policy, which has led some other Arctic states to question what its interests truly are in the region.

Inuit leaders meeting in Alaska seek greater voice in governance

RCI: Radio Canada International published an article titled, “Inuit leaders meeting in Alaska seek greater voice in governance”. The article reads in part as follows:

As dozens of Inuit leaders from Greenland, Canada, the United States and Russia gather in Alaska this week, they will look at strategies to get a greater voice for the Arctic Indigenous group in international and local governance, says Canadian Inuit leader Nancy Karetak-Lindell.

Sixty-six Inuit delegates from Canada, Alaska, Greenland and Russia’s Chukotka region will be meeting in Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow) from July 16 to 19, 2018 for the Inuit Circumpolar Council’s (ICC) 13th General Assembly, whose theme this year is “Inuit – The Arctic We Want”.

As Arctic warms, reindeer herders tangle with new industries

Japan Times published an article titled, “As Arctic warms, reindeer herders tangle with new industries”. The article reads in part as follows:

When he’s not out on the Arctic tundra with his 2,000 reindeer, his dog and Whitney Houston blasting through his headphones, Nils Mathis Sara is often busy explaining to people how a planned copper mine threatens his livelihood.

Along with other Sami herders and fishermen, the 60-year-old is in a standoff with the mine owners, Norwegian officials and many townspeople that is, after six years, coming to a head.

U.S-Canada trade feud threatens fragile Arctic economies, council says

 iPolitics published an article titled, “U.S-Canada trade feud threatens fragile Arctic economies, council says”. The article reads in part as follows:

The body representing all eight of the world’s Arctic nations is expressing alarm about increasing trade tension between Canada and the United States.

The Trump administration fired the first shots by imposing a 25 per cent tariff on steel and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum as a protection against what it called a “national security threat.” In response, Canada declared $16 billion in tariffs on a long list of American goods. The exchange has prompted the Arctic Economic Council to urge both nations to consider the effects of a global trade war on their northern communities.

China & Russia In The Arctic: Axis Of Ambivalence

 PortNews published an article titled, “China & Russia In The Arctic: Axis Of Ambivalence”. The article reads in part as follows:

China and Russia are working together ever more closely in the Arctic, exploiting a policy vacuum in the US, an international panel of experts said here. But Sino-Russian cooperation is almost entirely commercial, focused on trade routes, offshore oil, telecommunications (most satellites don’t cover the Arctic), and tourism. A military alliance is unlikely given Russia’s deep ambivalence about China’s growing influence in general and their very different views on who should run the Arctic in particular: the eight circumpolar countries alone — including both Russia and the US — or a larger group that includes self-declared “near-Arctic” nations like China.

Announcing: Polar Silk Road Watch

Polar Silk Road Watch, a project of the Pan Arctic Forum, evaluates China’s compliance with the obligations it set for itself in its Arctic Policy white paper. Of particular interest to PSR Watch is China’s growing participation in:

  1. Arctic Governance.
  2. Arctic Development.

Caution In The High North: Geopolitical And Economic Challenges Of The Arctic Maritime Environment

War On The Rocks published an article titled, “Caution In The High North: Geopolitical And Economic Challenges Of The Arctic Maritime Environment”. The article reads in part as follows:

At the 2011 Arctic Forum, then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin expressed his maritime ambitions for the Arctic by declaring, “The shortest route between Europe’s largest markets and the Asia-Pacific region lie across the Arctic.” He went on to add, “the Northern Sea Route … will rival traditional trade lanes.”