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In Fiscal Year 2021, the Polar Institute organized 31 events and published 46 articles, monographs, reports, essays, and editorials. We are pleased to share a look back on the Polar Institute’s work at the Wilson Center this fall and celebrate colleagues’ significant appointments and professional accomplishments.

Fall of 2021 seemed to Polar Institute staff, fellows, and partners like a programmatic crescendo: a testament to four years dedicated to scholarship and discourse elevating the Arctic and Antarctic regions in domestic and foreign policy arenas.

During this quarter

  • Polar Institute staff organized and participated in eight panels and receptions at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland, with fellows participating in several more.
  • President Joe Biden appointed Founding Director Dr. Mike Sfraga as Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.
  • Former Senior Fellow Ambassador David Balton assumed his responsibilities as the new Executive Director of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee.
  • The Polar Institute’s 170-page monograph, Navigating the Arctic’s 7Cs, was published.

Two major proceedings were also released this autumn: Proceedings of the 8th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations (in partnership with the United States Arctic Research Commission) and Proceedings of The Arctic in 25 Years: First Annual International Youth Symposium. Both publications provide important insights and public policy perspectives.

We welcome the burgeoning support and growing attention from our domestic and international partners and program attendees. We would like to thank Olgoonik Corporation for their continued support of the Polar Institute, as well as our staff, fellows, and colleagues across the globe for their crucial contributions to policy and decision-making in the polar regions.

Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays

Dr. Mike Sfraga

Polar Institute, Wilson Center

 

Highlights from this quarter

  • Arctic Circle Assembly
  • Policy and Action on Plastic in the Arctic
  • Reinvigorated U.S. Government Presence in the Arctic
  • IDA Proceedings: 8th Biennial Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations
  • Navigating the Arctic's 7cs
  • The Arctic in 25 Years: First Annual International Youth Symposium
  • Arctic Futures Symposium