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Toward Arctic Futures, July 2016

July 28, 2016

Video time: 28 minutes

In April 2016 the Arctic and International Relations Initiative (supported by six U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers) and the International Policy Institute (funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York) – both housed in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington – hosted a two-day workshop at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. titled “One Arctic.” The event was held in collaboration with Trent University, Ontario and the World Policy Institute, New York.

At the workshop over 50 scholars, practitioners and government officials, as well as seven International Policy Institute Arctic Fellows (UW students conducting policy research on the Arctic), discussed the 20-year anniversary of the founding of the Arctic Council, the current U.S. Chairmanship, and the considerable global attention given to the Arctic today. Read a short report of the workshop …

Toward Arctic Futures is a 30-minute film featuring the insights of four of the workshop’s speakers. The video offers refreshing insights into the challenges that lay ahead for the people living in the Arctic, and what Arctic change means for the rest of the world. Rosemarie Kuptana, former president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and Jim Gamble, executive director of Aleut International Association, offer indigenous perspectives. They are followed in conversation with Susan Harper, Canada’s Senior Arctic Official at the Arctic Council, and David Kennedy, Senior Arctic Advisor at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This film was made possible by funding from the Jackson School’s International Policy Institute.