University of Washington

JSIS 482A/582B Arctic Insecurities

Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., (3 credits)
Tony Penikett, 2013-14 U.W. Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies
MGH 278

This course will address the range of Arctic insecurities from the Cold War security paradigm to environmental and human security (Arctic Council's Search and Rescue Agreement); Aboriginal land claims (Alaska, Canada, Greenland) to Indigenous Internationalism (Inuit Circumpolar Council, the Saami Convention); the Finnish Initiative to the Arctic Council, Permanent Participants and Observers (China, India, etc); seabed resources, the Arctic Five (UN Convention of the Law of the Sea) and the Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Sovereignty in the Arctic; national and regional resource mega-projects, devolution and local development; the Arctic Treaty idea (EU) versus the reality of an evolving network of interlocking relationships (Arctic Governance Project); and, American and Canadian management of these Arctic issues. This graduate seminar will also examine a series of Arctic policy questions with the ultimate aim of assembling a set of papers into a collection for publication.

Tony Penikett, a Vancouver-based mediator, served in politics for 25 years including two years in Ottawa as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent MP; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada's Yukon Territory (1985-92). His government negotiated final agreement for First Nation land claims in the territory and passed pioneering education, health, language legislation, as well as leading a much-admired bottom-up economic planning process.

After serving as Premier of the Yukon, Penikett acted as Senior Aboriginal Policy Advisor for the Premier of Saskatchewan (1995-97) and, Deputy Minister for Negotiations, and later Labour, for the Government of British Columbia (1997-2001).

Penikett is an Adjunct Professor for the Public Policy School at Simon Fraser University and for the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. He also serves Senior Advisor for the Arctic Security Program, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; and, for the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, Toronto. His recent work has taken him to the Eastern Arctic, Northern Europe, the Middle East and South America.

In 2006, Douglas & McIntyre published his book, Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making. His most recent articles include: “The Arctic Vacuum in Canada’s Foreign Policy” with Terry Fenge in Policy Options, April 2009; and, “A Literary Test for Indigenous Governments?,” in Northern Public Affairs, June 2012. Tony Penikett Negotiations Inc. provides mediation and negotiation services to Aboriginal, government, management and union clients.

The Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies is supported by the UW Office of Global Affairs, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Social Sciences Division, College of Arts and Sciences, College of the Environment, and the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America, Ottawa. The Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, serves as the hosting unit for the Canada Fulbright Chair.

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