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In the second quarter of 2021, the Polar Institute continued its efforts to advance important policy issues with insightful publications and discussions on Antarctic and Arctic governance, sustainable development, climate change, and security.

Highlights from the second quarter

  • A special edition of Polar Perspectives authored by four leading Antarctic scientists that explored six global tipping points occurring in the Southern Ocean; the summary was translated into five different languages.
  • The First Annual International Youth Symposium, entitled The Arctic in 25 Years, gathered emerging Arctic leaders from all eight Arctic states to discuss research, leadership and policymaking priorities over the next 25 years.
  • Asian Interests and the Path Forward in the New Arctic: Symposium Summary captured the themes of keynote presentations and panel discussions from the February 2021 symposium.
  • The fourth Arctic Security Dialogues, a joint initiative with the Arctic Domain Awareness Center, featured leading Department of the Air Force representatives and provided an important update to the Department’s efforts to implement their 2020 Arctic Strategy.
  • Over a dozen events and publications associated with the Arctic Council’s 25th anniversary, the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Council, the transition of the Council’s leadership to the Russian Federation, as well as entry into force of the Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries Agreement.

In Fall 2021, the Polar Institute looks forward to launching new publications, including the monograph entitled Navigating the Arctic 7Cs and the Proceedings of The Arctic in 25 Years: First Annual International Youth Symposium. Just this week, we released IDA Proceedings: 8th Biennial Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations. We continue to plan a robust set of programs for the fall, including participation in the Arctic Circle Assembly, Arctic Futures Symposium, and the Warsaw Security Forum.