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When: Tuesday; January 12, 2021 ; 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET

Sign up for the live webcast: The Arctic and World Order


Daniel S. Hamilton and Kristina Spohr present their new book The Arctic and World Order in conversation with Mike Sfraga, Ambassador Einar Gunnarsson of Iceland, currently the Chair of Senior Arctic Officials of the Arctic Council, and fellow authors, including Wilson Fellow Lawson Brigham and Université de Montréal professor Suzanne Lalonde.

The Arctic, long described as the world’s last frontier, is quickly becoming our first frontier – the place where the contours of our rapidly evolving world may first be glimpsed. The Arctic has become the front line in a world of more diffuse power, sharper geopolitical competition, and deepening interdependencies between people and nature. A space of often bitter cold, the Arctic is the fastest-warming place on earth. It is humanity’s canary in the coal mine – an early warning sign of the world’s climate crisis.

In this new book, scholars and practitioners – from Anchorage to Moscow, from Nuuk to Hong Kong – explore the huge political, legal, social, economic, geostrategic and environmental challenges confronting the Arctic regime, and what this means for the future of world order.

The book is available online here and is available for purchase via Brookings Institution Press.

Send a question to our panelists by email at or tweet us @WilsonCenterGEP.