As climate change continues to diminish sea ice across the Arctic, global interest is growing in exploiting newly accessible energy reserves and fish stocks, and in developing shipping routes and tourism. With non-Arctic states and corporations taking a greater interest in the Arctic, the potential for political, economic, cultural, and environmental instabilities is rising. The risks threaten local and the global communities alike.
Arctic Options is group of concerned experts funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to help identify development and governance options for the region. Their mission is to highlight choices that help balance economic, social and environmental interests across the Arctic’s coastal marine systems.
October 15-18, 2015
Arctic Options is convening two sessions on the Arctic High Seas in conjunction with the 2015 Arctic Circle meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland
Organized by: Arctic Circle
Arctic Options Participants: Paul Arthur Berkman, Lawson Brigham, Oran Young, Christine Provost
On October 15 at Reykjavik University, Paul Berkman will lead a session titled on Balancing National Interests and Common Interests in the Arctic Ocean. The second session will be on October 17 at The Arctic Circle Meeting, multiple project participants will present on the Arctic High Seas. For more detailed information see the agenda.
Engagement among all Arctic states and with active involvement of indigenous peoples is especially important in Arctic Ocean areas that are beyond sovereign jurisdictions. Importance of such inclusion is magnified if the intention is to engage effectively with non-Arctic states. These sessions will engage international, interdisciplinary and inclusive dialogues that contribute to informed decision-making about fisheries, shipping and other issues in the Arctic High Seas – with vision toward balancing national interests and common interests in the Arctic Ocean. Participation in the Arctic High Seas sessions is welcome. For additional information, please contact the Arctic Circle Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org).
June 2-5, 2015
InterAction Council 32nd Annual General Meeting
Organized by: The InterAction Council
Arctic Options Participants: Paul A. Berkman
Objectives: Special guest, Professor Paul Berkman, presented on Science Diplomacy in the Arctic for the 32nd Annual Plenary Meeting of the InterAction Council which focused on (1) the Present State of the World, (2) Global Health Emergencies and (3) Challenges to the World Order.
June 2-5, 2015
Ilulissat Climate Days 2015
Polar DTU: Center for Polar Activities
Organized by: International scientific committee
Arctic Options Participants: Ellen Oseth from the Norwegian Polar Institute presented Holistic Decision-Support for Sustainable Infrastructure Development Along West Greenland
Objectives: This workshop will highlight current changes, as measured from space, airborne, and in-situ methods, and future projections of changes. The meeting is a follow up on a similar event ‘Nuuk Climate Days 2009’ and will involve both scientists and stakeholders in discussions on cryosphere changes, and their effects on the Greenland environment and society.
June 1, 2015
Workshop on the Integrated Policy Options
for the Bering Strait Region
Organized by: Arctic Options
Arctic Options Participants: Greg Pavellas, Elena Norkina, Ben Halpern, Karen Pletnikoff, Martin Robards, Olivia Lee, Dan Yocum, Dino Lorenzini, Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Jamie Afflerbach, Alexander Vylegzhanin, Paul Berkman, David Wright, Lawson Brigham, Art Ivanoff, Dennis Thurston, Frank Davis, Oran Young, Charlotte Vick, Jon Fuglestad and Brendan Kelly.
Arctic Options held a workshop at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) from October 20 – 24, 2014. The Bering Strait Region is one of three ‘hot spots that the Arctic Options project has identified to design and test a decision-support tools that integrates stakeholder perspectives, geospatial information ,and natural-language documents to address regionally relevant policy issues.
May 19, 2015
Let science guide the way
Op-Ed Published in the New York Times
Paul A. Berkman
May 6-7, 2015
Arctic Resource Development and Infrastructure Conference
Village of Gambell, St. Lawrence Island
Organized by: Bering Sea Alliance
Arctic Options Participants: Paul A. Berkman presented Sustainable Infrastructure Development in the Bering Strait Region
Paul A. Berkman presented Sustainable Infrastructure Development in the Bering Strait Region.
April 29, 2015
Science Diplomacy 2015: Scientific Drivers for Diplomacy
Organized by: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Arctic Options Participants: Paul A. Berkman served on the steering committee and chaired a session on Transboundary and Shared Resources
Concepts such as the role of large-scale infrastructures in science diplomacy and the mechanisms for scientific cooperation needed in undertaking science diplomacy have become recognized as important to bridging the scientific and foreign policy communities. At the same time, different scientific disciplines have unique contributions and needs as their international efforts become more intertwined with those of the foreign policy and diplomatic communities. The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy will host a one-day conference that build not only on the policy issues that have been discussed in previous conferences and workshops but critically address the scientific drivers for diplomacy. Sessions, organized by experts, will focus on the following themes: institutions and networks; scientific cooperation during political strain; cross-cutting areas of transboundary issues and shared scientific resources; and diplomacy needs and impact of the earth and environmental sciences, health and biomedical sciences, and physical sciences.
April 13-14, 2015
Leadership, Diplomacy and Science: Resolving the Arctic Paradox
4th Fletcher Warming Arctic Conference
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Organized by: The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Arctic Options Participants: Lawson Brigham and Paul A. Berkman participated on session panels
Objectives: The 4th annual Warming Arctic International Inquiry at the Fletcher School came at a time when the United States assumes the chairmanship of the Arctic Council. With this honor comes the responsibility to protect the Arctic and its environment as it continues to warm at a much faster rate than the rest of the globe.
The Fletcher School convened high-level decision makers from both diplomacy and security, cutting-edge energy and science researchers, and social, environmental and business stakeholders, to investigate solutions to the Arctic Paradox and promote a sustainable future for Arctic inhabitants within a “High North, Low Tension” policy framework.
April 6, 2015
Escalating Tensions Challenge U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council
Op-Ed Published in the Huffington Post
Paul A. Berkman, Lloyd N. Axworthy, and Oran R. Young
March 3, 2015
Science Diplomacy and the Arctic Seminar
House of Science and Letters, Helsiniki, Finland
Organized by: Council of Finnish Academies
Arctic Options Participants: Paul A. Berkman
The seminar will introduce the concept of Science Diplomacy to Finnish academic and foreign policy discourse. The significance of science and science diplomacy in solving the ’wicked problems’ of our time will be presented through examples from Arctic governance.
Berkman Presentation: Science Diplomacy and Sustainable Infrastructure Development in the Arctic Ocean