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Composite image of the African continent and the aurora borealis with the caption "Africa + the Arctic: From the Margins to the Center."

Nils Olsen

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

What Do Africa and the Arctic Have in Common? A Lot, It Turns Out

| June 03, 2024

As the climate crisis intensifies, demand is surging for minerals needed to manufacture clean energy technologies. In the race to secure supplies of critical minerals, Africa and the Arctic have taken center stage as companies and governments around the world eye their vast mineral deposits. These seemingly disparate regions now face the same question: how to capitalize on their mineral wealth while maximizing the socioeconomic benefits and minimizing the environmental harms of mining.

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Journal Article - Journal of Urban Affairs

Constructing Climate Change: Exploring How Cities Frame Climate Change in the Arctic

| May 23, 2024

Framing climate policy actions to be acceptable by various stakeholders in cities poses a critical task for urban governance. This paper draws on the literature on climate change discourse to analyze the content of framing and its reasoning in the two municipalities located in the Arctic: Murmansk, Russia, and Tromsø, Norway.

China's Aurora Observatory under construction in Iceland.

AP Photo/Dorothee Thiesing

Journal Article - The Polar Journal

Science Diplomacy for Stronger Bilateral Relations? The Role of Arctic Science in Iceland’s Relations with Japan and China

| May 19, 2024

This paper presents a comparative study which explores the history of the two Arctic research projects by China and Japan, as well as their execution and reception. The findings demonstrate that the Japanese case is a purely science-focused collaboration devoid of science diplomacy, while in the Chinese case, science has been used as a tool to facilitate more strategic diplomatic goals

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Current and Future Arctic Cooperation: Where to Next?

| May 01, 2024

Viktoria Waldenfels MPA 2025 reflects on promising ways forward for Arctic cooperation.

This study group, led by Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow Margaret Williams, is evaluating the costs and benefits of renewing cooperation with Russia on science and conservation issues.

northern fulmar skims across water

AP Photo/David Goldman

Journal Article - The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs

Mapping a Path Forward for Arctic Cooperation with Russia: A Biodiversity Case Study

For most of this century, the Arctic has been a place of peaceful cooperation in science and environmental protection, an approach built on a foundation of multiple agreements reached in the twentieth century. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the geopolitical reverberations of the war have disrupted or outright halted most collaboration between Western and Russian scientists and conservationists.

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

Arctic Initiative Highlights from Arctic Encounter Symposium 2024

From climate science to healthcare to waste management, read on for key takeaways from our team’s activities at Arctic Encounter Symposium 2024 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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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. 

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Transboundary Arctic Issues at Stake

| Mar. 28, 2024

Many issues in the Arctic are transboundary in nature and cannot be solved at the national level. A study group, led by Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow Margaret Williams, examined several key Arctic issues - maritime safety and security, commercial fisheries, and climate change and energy - and the difficulties of addressing them without Russian involvement.

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Should the West Engage with Russia on Science and Conversation While the War in Ukraine Continues?

| Mar. 28, 2024

Confronted by the accelerating climate crisis, Western governments, NGOs, and academia are grappling with a difficult question: Should the West engage with Russia on science and conservation, at a time when Russia is waging an unjust and violent war on a sovereign nation?

This study group, led by Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow Margaret Williams, is evaluating the costs and benefits of renewing cooperation with Russia on science and conservation issues.