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

Setting a Course for Arctic Research: Arctic Initiative at Arctic Science Summit Week 2024

The Arctic Initiative team helped kick off discussions for the International Conference on Arctic Research Planning Process 2022-2026 (ICARP IV) research priority teams at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2024 in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Three fur seals on the rocky shore of St. Paul, Alaska.

Lisa Hupp/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Journal Article - Facets Journal

Including Local Voices in Marine Debris Conversations to Advance Environmental Justice for Island and Coastal Communities

  • Veronica M. Padula
  • Anne H. Beaudreau
  • Lauren M. Divine
  • Marissa Merculieff
| Sep. 21, 2023

The detrimental effects of marine debris are not only an ecological problem but an issue of environmental justice. This project aimed to catalyze the inclusion of place-based knowledge in marine debris solutions for St. Paul Island, a predominantly Alaska Native community in the Bering Sea.

Douglas Causey

Liza Xiao/Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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

Book Talk Examines Antarctic and Arctic Geostrategic Futures

| Feb. 07, 2023

On January 26, 2023, the Arctic Initiative hosted a book talk featuring Arctic Initiative Affiliate Douglas Causey, and Christian Leuprecht, Class of 1965 Professor in Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada. Drawing from their new book, Polar Cousins: Comparing Antarctic and Arctic Geostrategic Futures, co-editors Causey and Leuprecht discussed the impacts of geopolitics and climate change on national and international security interests in both polar regions, as well as the lessons learned from the Arctic experience for addressing emerging challenges relating to governance, environmental protection, and maritime operations in the Antarctic.

student participants and judges on stage at the 2022 Arctic Innovation Lab

Jennifer Spence

Climate Innovation on Display at the 2022 Arctic Circle Assembly

In October, members of the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative joined more than 2,000 Arctic policymakers, scholars, business leaders, and residents in Reykjavík, Iceland, for the Arctic Circle Assembly—the world’s largest annual gathering on Arctic issues. The Arctic Initiative delegation of students presented innovative ideas for Arctic resilience. 

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Journal Article - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Satellite Record of Pan-Arctic Maritime Ship Traffic

  • Paul Arthur Berkman
  • Greg Fiske
  • Dino Lorenzini
  • Oran Young
  • Jacqueline M. Grebmeier
  • Linda Fernandez
  • Lauren M. Divine
  • Kelly E. Kapsar
  • Lis Lindal Jørgensen
| December 2022

Satellite-based records from 1 September 2009 through 31 December 2018 reveal increasing maritime ship traffic, with pronounced seasonality, within all Law of the Sea zones north of the Arctic Circle.

Book - University of Calgary Press

Polar Cousins: Comparing Antarctic and Arctic Geostrategic Futures

| December 2022

Geopolitics and climate change now have immediate consequences for national and international security interests across the Arctic and Antarctic. With chapters that raise awareness, address challenges, and inform policy options, Polar Cousins reviews the state of strategic thinking and options on Antarctica and the Southern Oceans in light of experience in the circumpolar North.

Harvard Kennedy School students chat with Professor Halla Hrund Logadóttir

Daniel Bicknell


Arctic Initiative Hosts Arctic Climate Week at Harvard Kennedy School

In November 2021, the Arctic Initiative hosted Arctic Climate Week, a public showcase of the crucial work being done by Belfer Center faculty and fellows on the rapidly warming Arctic and pathways to a resilient future for the region.