The Arctic is changing.

It's warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe, seeing some of the world's first climate displaced communities. As the ice retreats the Northwest Passage opens up, leading to new geopolitical challenges as Russia, the United States, China, and other actors jostle for influence. The Arctic's geographical position also makes it a hotspot for global cooperation, including U.S.-Russia collaboration on science and research. Ultimately, what happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic. As the top of the world melts, the impacts are felt by everyone.

The Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative seeks to develop new insights and collaborations that bring together science, technology, and policy to address the environmental, economic and social challenges facing the Arctic. At the Arctic Initiative we are initiating new research; convening stakeholders like policymakers, scientists, and Arctic residents; and training a new generation of public and private experts to understand and address the factors driving change and risk in the region.

The Arctic Initiative is a joint project of the Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the Belfer Center.

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