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Asian Arctic Expansion Seminar at KTH

Asian Arctic Expansion Seminar at KTH

Last month, I participated in a Stockholm Arctic Seminar on Asian Arctic expansion put on by Mistra Arctic Futures at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). The first panelist to speak was Piotr Graczyk, a researcher and PhD candidate from the University of …

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Canada names new chair of Senior Arctic Officials

Canada names new chair of Senior Arctic Officials

Canada, the upcoming chair of the Arctic Council, has named Patrick Borbey as the new chair of the group of Senior Arctic Officials. His role will be to work with the SAOs from the other seven permanent member states along with representatives from …

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Canada signs $288-million definition contract for Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships

Canada signs $288-million definition contract for Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships

Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose announced today that the Canadian government has signed a $288 million definition contract with Irving Shipbuilding for Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (A/OPS). The definition contract will allow Irving Shipbuilding to design the ships and their electronics and mechanics up to a production …

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Study: New Trans-Arctic shipping routes navigable by midcentury

Study: New Trans-Arctic shipping routes navigable by midcentury

A new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Dr. Laurence Smith and Scott Stephenson of UCLA’s Geography Department reports that new trans-Arctic shipping routes will be …

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Danish Arctic Ambassador Klavs Holm discusses AC, Greenland

Danish Arctic Ambassador Klavs Holm discusses AC, Greenland

Northern diplomats and policymakers like to reinforce the notion of cooperation in the circumpolar north, and Denmark’s Arctic Ambassador Klavs Holm is no different. On Thursday, speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, he complimented the council’s …

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Cowboys and Indians in the Arctic

Cowboys and Indians in the Arctic


Yesterday, I attended a talk by Dr. David Pinder, Reader in Geography at Queen Mary, University of London, at Cambridge University’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. His presentation was entitled, “Fluid …

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Norway and Germany discuss Arctic energy cooperation

Norway and Germany discuss Arctic energy cooperation

 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Oslo this week to meet with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the euro crisis and energy issues, including cooperation in the Arctic. This was the pair’s fifth meeting in nine months.
Stoltenberg stressed the importance of German and European companies in assisting with the development …

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New suitability study on deep-draft ports in Alaska

New suitability study on deep-draft ports in Alaska

The State of Alaska’s Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have just published a study on the best location for a deep-draft port in Alaska and the larger development of the state’s marine infrastructure. The “Alaska Deep-Draft Arctic Port System Study” supports investment …

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Seminar Today: Asian Interest in the Arctic Council

Seminar Today: Asian Interest in the Arctic Council


For anyone in Stockholm at the moment, I’ll be participating in a seminar today, Tuesday, February 19 at 2:00 pm at KTH on Asian interest in the Arctic, specifically the Arctic Council. The seminar will also be webcast at:

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Shell to tow two drill ships from Alaska to Asia for repairs

Shell to tow two drill ships from Alaska to Asia for repairs

Royal Dutch Shell has announced that it will be dry towing its two drill ships anchored in Alaska to ports in Asia for repairs. This means that it likely won’t be drilling in the Alaskan Arctic this summer unless the fixes are somehow completed in time. Two ships are needed …

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Northern and Southern Frontiers: Australia and the Arctic

Northern and Southern Frontiers: Australia and the Arctic

Australia and the Arctic aren’t often mentioned in the same sentence. One tends to hear more about Australia and Antarctica, since the country has an Antarctic Division and carries out scientific research at the icy continent not so far away from Tasmania. But I think that a comparison of Australia …

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Greenpeace leaks draft Arctic Council oil spill treaty

Greenpeace leaks draft Arctic Council oil spill treaty

Greenpeace Canada has obtained a draft of the Arctic Council’s Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution that officials have claimed is genuine. In a press release on Greenpeace’s website, Christy Ferguson, Arctic project …

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Arctic Frontiers: Russian Voices

Arctic Frontiers: Russian Voices

At the Arctic Frontiers conference, attendees had the opportunity to listen to numerous government and NGO representatives from Russia speak in their own language. If my memory serves me correctly, the Russians were the only ones who spoke in their own language, as the people from the Nordic countries and …

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In switch, Norway’s Labor Party favors drilling in Lofoten Islands

In switch, Norway’s Labor Party favors drilling in Lofoten Islands

“Do you see an ocean of opportunities or a picture of climate change?” This is the question Maren Esmark, the General Secretary of Naturvernforbundet (Friends of the Earth Norway), asked during her speech at the Arctic Frontiers conference. I’m guessing that many of the …

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Arctic Frontiers: Mead Treadwell’s Speech

Arctic Frontiers: Mead Treadwell’s Speech

On the first day of the Arctic Frontiers conference, Lieutenant Governor of Alaska Mead Treadwell gave a speech full of metaphors heralding a “new age of Arctic global shipping.” In the “geopolitics of a new ocean” (a phrase ripe for unpacking), he called for making the Arctic “safe, secure, and …

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About the Author

Mia Bennett
Mia Bennett

Mia Bennett is pursuing a PhD in Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received her MPhil (with Distinction) in Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge's Scott Polar Research Institute, where she was a Gates Scholar.

Mia examines how climate change is reshaping the geopolitics of the Arctic through an investigation of scientific endeavors, transportation and trade networks, governance, and natural resource development. Her masters dissertation investigated the extent of an Asian-Arctic region, focusing on the activities of Korea, China, and Japan in the circumpolar north. Mia's work has appeared in ReNew Canada, Water Canada, FACTA, and Baltic Rim Economies, among other publications.

She speaks French, Swedish, and is learning Russian.

Follow her on Twitter @miageografia

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