“One Arctic” Symposium

2016 April 26-28: Washington D.C.

The One Arctic Workshop was held at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., co-hosted by Trent University, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and the World Policy Institute’s Arctic in Context initiative, with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Nearly 50 international experts, policy-makers, students, academics, and Indigenous leaders gathered to discuss the U.S. One Arctic Chairmanship and to evaluate the current and future state of the Arctic Council. You will find the proceedings, presentations, videos, and outcomes of this two-day meeting posted on this website.

Inuuteq Holm Olsen on Denmark

Greenland is expanding its global partnerships and developing its domestic economy. Erica Dingman, director of our Arctic in Context initiative, discusses the island’s goals for its export and tourism industries with Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Greenland’s first representative at the Embassy of Denmark to the United States. 

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Chinese Prepare to Use the Northwest Passage

Canadian media has reacted to China's plans to use the Northwest Passage with a mix of concern and anger toward this "foreign incursion." Adam Lajeunesse explains how Chinese policies respecting the rights of Arctic nations will in fact bolster Canada's claims to sovereignty in the region.

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One Arctic, One Health: Arctic Health Challenges in an Era of Rapid Change

As the Arctic continues to warm at twice the global average, addressing growing threats to human and animal health will require a collaborative strategy. Joshua Glasser and Cody Chipp explain the importance of the One Health project for a healthier, safer, and better connected Arctic.

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Discovering the Arctic Through its People

The Arctic is difficult to define, covering over 5.6 million square miles and inhabited by peoples from a multitude of cultures. Jean-François Arteau and Karina Kesserwan explain the importance of focusing on the region's people rather than its borders.

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Inuit Ilitqusia: Inuit Way of Knowing

The Inuit Way of Knowing, or Inuit Ilitqusia, is the vast body of scientific knowledge accumulated over thousands of years by the Inuit. Rosemarie Kuptana and Suzie Napayok-Short explain the elements of this holistic approach, arguing that only the Inuit themselves can define traditional knowledge.

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“One Arctic” or Many?

In April, the United States marked the midpoint of its two-year term as chair of the Arctic Council. Wilfrid Greaves argues that the theme of the current chairmanship—“One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges, and Responsibilities”—risks homogenizing the needs and motivations of diverse, multi-dimensional communities and states.

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A "One Arctic" Agenda

Last week, World Policy Institute's Arctic in Context initiative co-hosted a conference at the Wilson Center examining the theme of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council: “One Arctic: Shared Opportunities, Challenges, and Responsibilities.” Ashley Chappo outlines the highlights of the two-day workshop.

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In Conversation with Inuuteq Holm Olsen

Over the past several years, Greenland has moved toward greater autonomy from Denmark. Erica Dingman caught up with Inuuteq Holm Olsen, the first Greenlandic representative at the Embassy of Denmark to the United States, to discuss Greenland’s developing diplomatic ties with the U.S. and Canada.

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At Trent University, the School for the Study of Canada is the key sponsor of the workshop with funding provided by a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Sponsors at the University of Washington include the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers in the Jackson School: the Canadian Studies Center, the Center for Global Studies, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, the Center for West European Studies, and the East Asia Center; the Jackson School’s International Policy Institute (funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York); the University of Washington’s Future of Ice initiative; and the Global Business Center in the Michael G. Foster School of Business. At the World Policy Institute, New York City, Arctic in Context is the key sponsor. The Polar Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the host for the workshop. Trent University’s Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies and Western Washington University's Canadian American Studies Centre has also contributed.

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