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.

Explaining the Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS): Transmission and Imitation (Part II)

The Arctic Institute is published an article titled, “Explaining the Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS): Transmission and Imitation (Part II)”. The article reads in part as follows:

According to sociological institutionalists, institutional forms and procedures are not simply adopted with regard to means-ends efficiency, but reflect culturally specific practices, procedures and symbolism.1) They focus on the relevance of cognitive and sociological processes.2) The explanation of institutional reform is a key concept of sociological institutionalism. Institutional reforms occur because organizations are constantly confronted with socially created recipes for how they should be designed.3)These reform recipes can become “rationalized myths” about what makes a good reform, when they are popularly believed to constitute the solution to a specific problem.4) Those myths can spread through processes of transmission and imitation, thus becoming a new “superstandard” for one institutional aspect.5) This process of diffusion is usually referred to as “isomorphism” and causes organizational structures to grow more and more alike.6) Consequently, the main argument for institutional reform and change is that choices for the design of institutions are based on existing examples.

Arctic Council sells itself as a model for international cooperation at the UN

Arctic Today published an article titled, “Arctic Council sells itself as a model for international cooperation at the UN”. The article reads in part as follows:

For the first time since its formation in 1996, the Arctic Council presented its work at the UN’s annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, held last week in New York, setting itself as a global example of how states, indigenous peoples and the scientific community can work together to shape policies.

Unalaska donates funds for saving plants, animals and state ferry system

The Bristol Bay Times published an article titled, “Unalaska donates funds for saving plants, animals and state ferry system”. The article reads in part as follows:

The Unalaska City Council last week donated money towards welcoming scientists to Unalaska, and to help reform the state ferry system.

The council donated $3,000 for the Sept. 5-7 meeting of the Arctic Council’s working group on the conservation of Arctic plants and animals, at the Grand Aleutian Hotel.

ICC 2018: Econ, energy, health the focus for Arctic Council

 The Arctic Sounder published an article titled, “ICC 2018: Econ, energy, health the focus for Arctic Council”. The article reads in part as follows:

Along with the voices of those on the ground in the Arctic, the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) heard from both national and international stakeholders, as well.

One of the first presentations to the General Assembly came from U.S. Senior Arctic Official Julie Gourley, speaking on behalf of the U.S. Department of State about her work representing the U.S. Arctic to the Arctic Council.

“Within the Arctic Council, there’s a lot going on that’s relevant directly to ICC,” she said during the government presentations session.

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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