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

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Announces Spring 2024 Senior Fellows

Cambridge, MA – April 02, 2024 — The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School proudly announces several new Senior Fellows joining in Spring 2024, chosen for their outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments, and dedication to shaping future policy leaders.  

Jennifer Spence at Arctic Circle Assembly 2023

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

Jennifer Spence Named Project Director of Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center

| Mar. 18, 2024

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Spence as Project Director of the Center’s Arctic Initiative. As Project Director, she will steward the Initiative’s scholarship, policy engagement, and youth leadership training on the challenges being created by climate change in the Arctic.

Helheim glacier in Greenland

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Policy Brief - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Arctic Climate Science: A Way Forward for Cooperation through the Arctic Council and Beyond

| Mar. 18, 2024

This report is based on insights from a two-day workshop hosted by the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative in collaboration with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, the Center for Ocean Governance at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, and the Wilson Center's Polar Institute. Participants developed practical recommendations for facilitating climate science cooperation through the Arctic Council and other institutions.

Massey College

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Speech - Massey College

Cooperation, Stability, and Security in the Arctic: Strategies for Moving Forward

| January 2024

Jennifer Spence and Sara Olsvig adress the question of how Arctic states can engage Russia in the shared pursuit of pan-Arctic security, stability, and cooperation, while still holding it to account for its egregious violation of international law in invading Ukraine. 

footprints in the snow

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

The Future of Arctic Council Innovation: Charting a Course for Working-Level Cooperation

| Feb. 20, 2024

This report is based on insights from a two-day workshop hosted by the Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative in collaboration with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, the Center for Ocean Governance at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, and the Wilson Center's Polar Institute. Participants developed practical recommendations for facilitating working-level cooperation through the Arctic Council and other institutions.

delegates to Senior Arctic Official meeting in Salekhard December 2021

Roscongress, Vyacheslav Viktorov via Arctic Council

Journal Article - Arctic Yearbook

What Makes the Arctic and Its Governance Exceptional? Stories of Geopolitics, Environments and Homelands

| Dec. 04, 2023

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent pause of circumpolar cooperation have challenged the Arctic region's designation as "exceptional." This article seeks to see beyond conventional understandings of “Arctic exceptionalism,” acknowledge a broader range of characteristics and features that make the Arctic unique and consider how this expanded view alters perceptions of the region’s governance. 

Permafrost Pathways panel during CSPC 2022

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

Strengthening U.S.-Canadian Collaboration on Permafrost Thaw

| Sep. 25, 2023

In November 2022, members of the Arctic Initiative traveled to the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) in Ottawa to introduce Permafrost Pathways to the Canadian research and policy communities. Through participation and meetings with key stakeholders, the team used the opportunity to seek guidance on how best to engage with Canadian scientists, decisionmakers, and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (FNIM) communities as the project moves forward.

Arctic Pandemics cover

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

Journal Launch Highlights Lessons for Future Arctic Pandemic Preparedness

| Sep. 25, 2023

In September 2023, the Arctic Initiative hosted the official launch of “Arctic Pandemics: COVID-19 and Other Pandemic Experiences and Lessons Learned,” a special Arctic Yearbook issue that examines the health, social, cultural, and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Arctic.