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Athletes from Team NWT mingle outside of the rec center in Hay River before the opening ceremonies of the Arctic Winter Games.

Pat Kane Photography

Paper - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Reforming the Arctic Narrative

  • Allison Agsten
| June 2021

This paper aims to articulate the absence of Indigenous people in Arctic climate change news coverage and to enumerate approaches for generating resonant, representative, and ethical stories in the white hot center of climate change.


US-Russian Contention in Cyberspace

| June 2021

The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”

Melting Glacier

Flickr CC/Daniel Foster

Analysis & Opinions - The Hill

Climate Change is Rapidly Transforming the Arctic: Why Everybody Should Care

| June 09, 2021

John Holdren writes: For the last couple of decades, though, climate change has been transforming practically everything about the Arctic that matters to people both inside and outside of the region. That’s because the Arctic as a whole has been warming two to three times faster than the rest of the world. The accumulating effects of this extreme warming are now manifesting themselves in a multiplicity of ways...And of greatest importance for rest of the world, the rapid pace of climate change in the Arctic is influencing the pace and impacts of climate change elsewhere.

Audio - Harvard Environmental Economics Program

How Politics Impacts Climate Policy: A Conversation with Gernot Wagner

| June 08, 2021

Gernot Wagner, Clinical Associate Professor at New York University and former economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, shared his thoughts on the impact of politics on climate policy in the latest episode of “Environmental Insights: Discussions on Policy and Practice from the Harvard Environmental Economics Program,” a podcast produced by the Harvard Environmental Economics Program.

A migrant is assisted by soldiers of the Spanish Army

AP/Bernat Armangue

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Morocco ‘Weaponized’ Migration to Punish Spain. That’s More Common Than You Think.

| June 01, 2021

Kelly Greenhill writes that strategically engineered migration is far more common than most  realize. At any given time, somewhere in the world, leaders inside or outside governments are likely manipulating migrants and/or refugees to pursue political, military, or economic objectives.

Isle de Jean Charles

DeSmog/Julie Dermansky

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Managing the Climate Crisis May Require a Managed Retreat

| May 31, 2021

Richard Murray and Daniel Schrag write that President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan offers a generational opportunity to hit the reset button and invest in a more resilient and economically sustainable future. It can cover the costs of some of the critical investments needed to protect coastal communities.  Policymakers need to make difficult decisions — and now, based on the knowledge of how and why the seas are rising — to encourage people and communities to adapt to the new, future coast, without promises of a perfect safety net that the country cannot afford.