Since the 16th century, natural resources—both renewable and non-renewable—motivated European explorers and traders to navigate the Arctic in search of commercial expansion and a northern route to the “Orient.” From the fur trade in the pre-industrial era to the demand for minerals, oil, and gas as the world industrialized to increased emphasis on renewables and travel in the globalized era, economic opportunities in the Arctic have attracted the attention of countries in the region and beyond. Erica Dingman, director of World Policy Institute’s Arctic in Context initiative, frames this long history of economic activity in the presentation below.
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[Compiled by Erica Dingman]
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At Trent University, the School for the Study of Canada is the key sponsor of the workshop with funding provided by a grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Sponsors at the University of Washington include the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers in the Jackson School: the Canadian Studies Center, the Center for Global Studies, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, the Center for West European Studies, and the East Asia Center; the Jackson School’s International Policy Institute (funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York); the University of Washington’s Future of Ice initiative; and the Global Business Center in the Michael G. Foster School of Business. At the World Policy Institute, New York City, Arctic in Context is the key sponsor. The Polar Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the host for the workshop. Trent University’s Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies and Western Washington University’s Canadian American Studies Centre has also contributed.
The World Policy Institute would like to acknowledge the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s role in support of knowledge mobilization from the One Arctic Symposium.
This article first appeared on the World Policy Institute website.