Arctic and International Relations Series

Arctic and International Relations Podcast Series

The International Policy Institute, Canadian Studies Center, and Center for Global Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies are dedicated to translating scholarship into policy options to enhance international cooperation in the Arctic and the inclusion of Arctic Indigenous peoples in decision making for the region. The Arctic and International Relations Series includes publications, video interviews and podcasts.

Tony Penikett, interviewed by Ellen Ahlness, Arctic and International Relations Podcast Series, Episode 1,“Hunting the Northern Character (45 min.), November 17, 2019


Tony Penikett, author of Hunting the Northern Character, was interviewed by University of Washington Arctic Fellow, Ellen Ahlness. They discussed Mr. Penikett’s recent book and his thoughts about how the Arctic is influencing domestic and international policy.

Tony Penikett is currently a mediator and negotiator in Vancouver, Canada. He is a former politician serving as Premier of the Yukon from 1985 to 1992. He has the distinction of being the first leader of the Yukon to successfully negotiate land claims treaties with Yukon First Nations. Mr. Penikett was the 2013-14 Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies at the University of Washington where he began Hunting the Northern Character.Arctic and International Relations Series is a joint project of the International Policy Institute, Canadian Studies Center, and Center for Global Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, edited and managed by Canadian Studies.

This event was made possible by Title VI grant funding administered by the International and Foreign Language Education office in the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education; and by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author. The interview was held at the University of Washington on November 6, 2019.

Nadine C. Fabbi interview with David Alpern, World Policy on Air, Episode 134, “Innovation at the Arctic Council” (43 min.), August 25, 2017.

In 1987, Mikhail Gorbachev became the first major political figure to deliver a speech on Arctic issues, setting in motion a process to establish a regional governance body. This week on World Policy On Air, Nadine Fabbi, Managing Director of the Canadian Studies Center and lead for the International Policy Institute Arctic Fellows program in the Jackson School, discusses the progress the Arctic Council has made after 30 years of operation.

Inuuteq Holm Olsen interview with David Alpern, World Policy on Air, Episode 94, “Challenges and Opportunities in the Arctic” (21 min.), November 18, 2016.

As the effects of climate change pose new challenges in the Arctic, melting ice and warmer temperatures also present economic opportunities. On the latest episode of World Policy On Air, Inuuteq Holm Olsen, the first Greenland representative at the Danish embassy in Washington, explains how the semi-autonomous nation is working to balance an emerging tourism industry and natural resource extraction with environmental sustainability.

This pod cast is a product of the One Arctic workshop that took place at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in April 2016. The podcast was funded by the International Policy Institute* in the Henry M. Jackson School of International. The workshop was sponsored by Trent University; the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers in the Jackson School including 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; and UW’s Global Business Center in the Michael G. Foster School of Business. At the World Policy Institute, New York City, Arctic in Context was the key sponsor. 

* The International Policy Institute is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.