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Media Reports on Arctic Issues

Instructors and advisors for the Task Force have selected the most recent or pertinent media articles regarding governing the Arctic including emerging issues and activities.

2012
"Fault Lines: The battle for the Arctic," by J. Rushing. Al Jazeera. 14 November 2012. (This 23 min. documentary provides an excellent overview of issues in the Arctic and differing concepts of security and sovereignty held by the Inuit/outsiders.)

2011
"Inuit to stand together at summit on Arctic resource development," by Bob Weber, Who Owns the Arctic?, 20 February 2011.

"We must stand up to China's increasing claim to Arctic," by David Wright, Canada.com, 10 March 2011.

"Arctic Resource: Now it's their turn - Inuit Prepare to Defend Their Rights," The Economist, 3 March, 2011.

"ICC Summit Wraps Up with Lukewarm Consensus," by Sarah Rogers, Nunatsiaq Online, 24 February 2011. 

"Russia Embraces Offshore Arctic Drilling," by Andrew Kramer and Clifford Krauss, The New York TImes, 15 February 2011.

"Breaking the Ice," by Marie Wadden, BBC, 2011.

"Costing the Earth: Arctic Dreams," by Alasdair Cross, BBC, 9 February 2011.

"Costing the Earth, Into the Arctic," by Alasdair Cross, BBC Radio, 3 February 2011.

2010
"Arctic Waters Open for 'Cautious' Leasing After 2012," by Kim Murphy, The Los Angeles Times, 1 December 2010.

"Leaking Siberian Ice Raises a Tricky Climate Issue," by Arthur Max, The Seattle Times, 21 November 2010.

"Canada's North Policy Briefing," The Hill Times, 15 November 2010.

Perspective from Moscow: The International Arctic Forum,” by Caroline Mükusch, Second Line of Defense, 15 October 2010. (Excellent overview of the conference and also of Arctic issues more broadly.)

EU clashes with Greenland over international stewardship of Arctic,” by Terry Macalister, guardian.co.uk, 15 October 2010.

Climate change could lead to Arctic conflict, warns senior Nato commander,” Terry Macalister, guardian.co.uk, 11 October 2010.

After the Reset: A New Agenda for Russian-U.S. relations,” Sergei Karaganov, RIANOVOSTI, 11 October 2010.

China seeks piece of Arctic pie,” Natalia Makarova, RIANOVOSTI, 4 October 2010.

Russia steps up presence in High Arctic,” Ilya Kharlamov, The Voice of Russia, 2 October 2010.

A troubling decline of the caribou herds in the Arctic,” Ed Struzik, Environment360, 23 September 2010.

EU-Arctic relations in focus at Moscow conference,” Martin Banks,The Parliament.com, 22 September 2010.

Inuit plan Arctic-wide oil, gas, mineral summit,” Jane George, NunatsiaqOnline, 22 September 2010.

Canada, Russia locked in dispute over Arctic border,” CTV.ca, 16 September 2010.

"First Russian Gas Tanker Forges Arctic Passage to China," by Staff Writers, Energy Daily, 25 August 2010.

"Arctic Meltdown: A Changing World, The Arctic Passage, Adapting to Change," Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 17, 21 June and 1 July 2010. (Narrated by David Suzuki, the three-part series Arctic Meltdown documents the drastic changes the Arctic has seen over the last few years. Please note that these three documentaries can only be viewed on-line in Canada. The series is also part of the UW Libraries collection.)

"Battle for the Arctic," Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 20 May 2010. (The Battle for the Arctic takes us from the far reaches of the North Pole to the waters of Alaska for a look into a struggle for sovereignty that could change the very face of Canada. Please note that this documentary can only be viewed on-line in Canada. The series is also part of the UW Libraries collection.)

"Climate Change, the Arctic and Russia's National Security," by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, pravda.ru, 25 March 2010.

2009
"Yamal Peninsula: The World's Biggest Gas Reserves," by Luke Harding, guardian.co.uk, 20 October 2009.

Arctic Melt: Reopening a Naval Frontier,” by Rear Admiral David Gove, US Navy, Proceedings Magazine, US Naval Institute, Vol. 135/2/1,272, February 2009.

Bizarre Love Triangle – U.S., Russia, and the Arctic’s Untapped Resources, Part One and Two,” by Robin McFee, FamilySecurityMatters.org, 19 February 2009.

Climate Change And Fisheries: US Atlantic Cod Population To Drop By Half By 2050,” ScienceDaily, 16 February 2009.

2008
Medvedev: Arctic resources are the key to Russia’s future,” by Seattle Times news services, 18 September 2008.

Polar war could break out in 12 years over scramble for oil and gas, British think-tank warns,” by Barry Wigmore, MailOnline, 25 September 2008.

Law of the Sea Convention Enjoys Broad U.S. Support: Secretary of state’s legal advisor urges Senate to ratify treaty,” by Daniel Gorelick, American.gov, 20 November 2008.

Treaty on Ice,” by John B. Bellinger, New York Times, 23 June 2008.

The Arctic Oil Rush,” by Alex Shoumatoff, Vanity Fair, May 2008.

2007
The Coming Conflict in the Arctic – Russia and the United States to Square Off Over Energy Arctic Reserves,” by Vladimir Frolov, Russia Profile.org, 10 July 2007.

Russia Profile Weekly Experts Panel: The Conflict over Arctic Resources,” introduced by Vladimir Frolov, Russia Profile.org, 10 August 2007.

Technology, climate change spark race to claim Arctic resources,” by Doug Mellgren, Associated Press, 24 March 2007. (Excellent introduction to various natural resources interests.)

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