39 Events

Study Group - Harvard Students

Arctic Initiative Study Group: Indigenous Youth Leadership

Wed., Sep. 15, 2021 - Wed., Oct. 27, 2021

Wexner Building - Room 102, Marc Heng and Family Conference Room

Building resilience in a rapidly transforming Arctic requires adaptive and innovative thinking, collaboration, intersectionality, and strong engagement at the local level. To achieve this, youth voices are essential. This Study Group will explore ways to collaboratively build youth leadership capacity, elevate Indigenous voices and foster intergenerational cooperation with the aim of building resilience in Arctic communities. 

Students should apply to the study group at bit.ly/Arctic2021.

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

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Seminar - Open to the Public

"Together towards a Sustainable Arctic": An Earth Day Dialogue with Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Arctic Council, H.E. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson

Thu., Apr. 22, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Online

Join the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and the Polar Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for an engaging Earth Day dialogue with Iceland's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, about  Iceland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council on what is next. 

Arctic Ocean and sea ice.

Photo Credit: Dr. Sarah Dewey

Study Group - Harvard Students

Arctic Initiative Study Group: Ocean Conservation and Policy Innovation

Wed., Mar. 10, 2021 - Wed., Apr. 7, 2021

Online

As climate change rapidly transforms the Arctic, the ocean at its center becomes a point of focus: melting sea ice enables increased marine traffic; ice-dependent species are migrating or dying; fisheries shift and with them economies of subsistence. These changes can mean risk or opportunity for different stakeholders.

This study group will use Arctic Ocean change as a case study to outline the environmental policy process and build participants understanding of how to effectively engage in the climate and oceans policy space. 

To sign-up, please complete this form by Monday, March 8, 2021: https://forms.gle/KYn6nwxr4zq8vnQ98

Indigenous Youth Leaders

Photo Credit: Anders Oskal (ICR)

Seminar - Open to the Public

Presenting The James J. McCarthy Arctic Indigenous Youth Leaders

Fri., Jan. 29, 2021 | 11:30am - 12:30pm

Online

Over the past five days over thirty Indigenous Youth from around the circumpolar Arctic have worked together, learned together, and innovated together to come up with solutions to challenges facing their communities. Join us to see the final presentations of a few of these young leaders.

Join for a brief history of the founding of this collaboration, which began through the work of the late Harvard Professor, James J. McCarthy. Followed by Arctic Innovation presentations by selected Indigenous Youth participants, who will showcase their solutions for their communities. 

Conference - Open to the Public

Arctic Resilience Forum: Socio-Ecological Resilience

Wed., Nov. 25, 2020 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Online

The Arctic Resilience Forum will be convened every Wednesday from 11:30am – 1:00pm (Eastern Time) over a series of ten weeks.  The online series will engage the broadest audience possible in conversations about how to build the resilience of Arctic communities and ecosystems across a variety of focus areas. 

The November 25th session will focus on the topic of Socio-Ecological Resilience. Social-ecological resilience in the Arctic depends upon ecosystems - they are the life-support system that makes resilience in the North possible. As the Arctic transforms, ecosystems are changing, and Arctic livelihoods that depend on food, water and cultural practices linked to the land are threatened by those changes. This session will explore the ecosystems that are critical to life in the Arctic, and what we can do to strengthen them. 

Global Connectivity

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Conference - Open to the Public

Arctic Resilience Forum: Broadband Connectivity

Wed., Nov. 11, 2020 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Online

The Arctic Resilience Forum will be convened every Wednesday from 11:30am – 1:00pm (Eastern Time) over a series of ten weeks.  The online series will engage the broadest audience possible in conversations about how to build the resilience of Arctic communities and ecosystems across a variety of focus areas. 

The November 11th session is focused on Arctic Broadband Connectivity.  Connectivity is considered highly important to provide better quality of life and more business opportunities in Arctic communities. COVID-19 has shown that access to the internet is not just a luxury, but a human right that enables full participation in society, access to education, healthcare, family, public resources, and economic opportunity. In this November 11th session of the Arctic Resilience Forum, we will explore the “What”, “How” and “Why” of broadband connectivity in the Arctic. 

Personal Protective Equipment

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Conference - Open to the Public

Arctic Resilience Forum: Human Health and Pandemics

Wed., Oct. 28, 2020 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Online

The Arctic Resilience Forum will be convened every Wednesday from 11:30am – 1:00pm (Eastern Time) over a series of ten weeks.  The online series will engage the broadest audience possible in conversations about how to build the resilience of Arctic communities and ecosystems across a variety of focus areas. 

The October 28th session is focused on Human Health and Pandemics. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a stress-test for resilience across the Arctic, particularly for the health and wellbeing of Northerners. The results of this test have been uneven – for example the Arctic’s remoteness has been a benefit in some areas, but it has hindered readiness and response in others. Around the region we’ve heard stories of both resilience and vulnerability, but throughout it all the unique strengths of the North show through. This session will focus on what we’ve learned so far and how resilience can best be supported going forward. 

Ice Camp Sargo, located in the Arctic Circle, serves as the main stage for Ice Exercise 2016.

US Navy / Tyler Thompson

Seminar - Open to the Public

Arctic Security: Conflict Prevention in the High North

Wed., Oct. 21, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Online

As the Polar/Arctic Sea Ice recedes, the Arctic is increasingly becoming an arena for great power competition: China is Advancing its Polar Silk Road,” while Russia continues to pursue legal, military and commercial avenues to exploit the geostrategic advantages Arctic waters could offer it in the future. Where for decades the Arctic was described as “high north, low tension,” these realities are forcing a shift in strategic thinking within NATO, particularly among member states adjacent to the Arctic and party to multilateral governance structures in the North, like the Arctic Council, whose parameters don’t address military security questions. Other, non-Arctic actors, including Singapore, Japan and the European Union, alongside key individual members states have also developed their own strategies on the Arctic. In this seminar with former U.S Ambassadors Paula Dobriansky (FDP Senior Fellow), David Balton and former Chair of the Arctic Research Commission and Belfer Center Fellow, Fran Ulmer, we will examine key countries’ economic and national security interests in region; the role of the rule of law in preventing conflict alongside critical questions of governance to balance environmental, economic and security concerns in this expert seminar.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Arctic Initiative.

Wind turbines in Kodiak, Alaska. Office of Indian Energy: Alaska

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Conference - Open to the Public

The Arctic Resilience Forum: Renewable Energy

Wed., Oct. 21, 2020 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Online

The Arctic Resilience Forum will be convened every Wednesday from 11:30am – 1:00pm (Eastern Time) over a series of ten weeks.  The online series will engage the broadest audience possible in conversations about how to build the resilience of Arctic communities and ecosystems across a variety of focus areas. 

The October 21st Session is focused on Renewable Energy. Clean and secure energy is essential for resilient Arctic communities and intrinsically tied to issues such as health, climate, and food. The Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council therefore has made energy a priority and work is ongoing to promote the responsible and sustainable management, use, and development of energy – even in remote communities. 

This session will highlight how energy is being transformative across the Arctic and consider questions such as: What does transition away from diesel look like? What tools are available to support transition? What is the role of policy and how are Indigenous communities leading the way? 

Arctic communities rely on local food systems

Photo Credit: John Salzarulo

Conference - Open to the Public

The Arctic Resilience Forum: Food Security

Wed., Oct. 14, 2020 | 11:30am - 1:00pm

Online

The Arctic Resilience Forum will be convened every Wednesday from 11:30am – 1:00pm (Eastern Time) over a series of ten weeks.  The online series will engage the broadest audience possible in conversations about how to build the resilience of Arctic communities and ecosystems across a variety of focus areas. 

This October 14th Session, the second in the series, will focus on Arctic Food Security, an issue which lies at the foundation of resilience as it relates to caloric and nutritional needs as well as important cultural practices around food production, harvesting, and consumption.