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Polar Geopolitics analyzes the local and global implications of rapid climate change and rising international interest in the Arctic and Antarctica. The podcast is centered around in-depth discussions with experts on a wide array of topics relevant to the northern and southern polar regions, including governance and international relations; geo-economics and resource exploitation; environmental preservation and sustainable development; scientific research and science diplomacy; infrastructural expansion; and social and societal issues in high latitude locations.

Polar Geopolitics Eric Paglia

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Polar Geopolitics analyzes the local and global implications of rapid climate change and rising international interest in the Arctic and Antarctica. The podcast is centered around in-depth discussions with experts on a wide array of topics relevant to the northern and southern polar regions, including governance and international relations; geo-economics and resource exploitation; environmental preservation and sustainable development; scientific research and science diplomacy; infrastructural expansion; and social and societal issues in high latitude locations.

    The return of great power competition: American geopolitical engagement in the Arctic, with D.A.S. Michael J. Murphy of the U.S. State Department

    The return of great power competition: American geopolitical engagement in the Arctic, with D.A.S. Michael J. Murphy of the U.S. State Department

    The opening of a US Consulate in Nuuk, Greenland represents the latest in a series of moves that signal a deepening geopolitical engagement in the Arctic by the United States in response to Russian and Chinese advances in the region. To explain the current U.S. policy and strategic outlook on the Arctic, including an in-depth discussion on Greenland, this episode of the podcast features an interview with one of the top American officials on Arctic issues: Michael J. Murphy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nordic, Baltic, and Arctic Security Affairs at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State.

    • 38 min
    Governance disrupted: Pandemic impacts on Antarctica

    Governance disrupted: Pandemic impacts on Antarctica

    Although Antarctica is the only continent without a case of COVID-19, the pandemic has already caused a great deal of disruption to the ATS governance regime, as well as to scientific research and the tourism industry. Some even foresee a shift in Antarctic geopolitics as a result of the coronavirus crisis. To analyze the range of potential impacts of COVID-19 on Antarctica in the short, medium and long term, this episode of Polar Geopolitics features Associate Professor Alan Hemmings, an expert on Antarctic governance and geopolitics at the Gateway Antarctica Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

    • 34 min
    Barents Sea and Svalbard: Norway-Russia relations in an Arctic geopolitical hotspot

    Barents Sea and Svalbard: Norway-Russia relations in an Arctic geopolitical hotspot

    Russian and Norwegian interests intersect and occasionally collide in the Barents Sea and Svalbard, an Arctic geopolitical hotspot where lucrative fisheries, extensive energy resources and strategic nuclear forces exist in relatively close proximity. To analyze why simmering tensions between Norway and Russia in the Barents-Svalbard region have once again risen to the surface, Polar Geopolitics is joined by Dr. Andreas Østhagen, a senior research fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and an expert on Arctic geopolitics and the Barents Sea.

    • 30 min
    Crisis as opportunity: China and coronavirus diplomacy in the Arctic

    Crisis as opportunity: China and coronavirus diplomacy in the Arctic

    Prof. Ilan Kelman explains how the coronavirus crisis provides an opportunity for actors inside and outside the Arctic to influence policy agendas and reshape the geopolitics of the region.

    • 17 min
    Risks to Arctic Communities from the Coronavirus

    Risks to Arctic Communities from the Coronavirus

    This episode explores how COVID-19 and the worldwide coronavirus pandemic could lead to an array of serious consequences for vulnerable Arctic communities that already face significant social, economic and public health challenges. Guest: Prof. Ilan Kelman.

    • 28 min
    Russia, China and the Arctic: Strategic partnership, strategic mistrust?

    Russia, China and the Arctic: Strategic partnership, strategic mistrust?

    Is the relationship between Russia—the geographic giant of the Arctic, and China— the ambitious Arctic outsider that wants to build a 'polar silk road', a short-term strategic partnership of convenience, belying a deeper level of strategic mistrust? Ekaterina Klimenko from SIPRI joins the podcast for analysis and insight in part 2 of the Polar Geopolitics interview.

    • 24 min

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