Arctic Security in the 21st Century: Emerging Issues and Challenges
Nadine Fabbi & Joel Plouffe TTh 9:30-11:20
Climate change is having a dramatic impact on the Arctic. The Arctic Ocean is vanishing rapidly with sea ice levels reaching their lowest point on record in 2012. Thawing ice, warmer temperatures and growing economic activities in the Arctic are creating new security issues that go beyond conventional notions of national (military) security and defense. ‘Arctic change’ challenges national and sub-national policymakers and actors to continue to widen the traditional approach to 'Arctic Security' and develop policies that correspond to emerging social, economic and environmental problems in the north. For students of international studies, the transformations taking place in Alaska, the Canadian Arctic territories and Inuit regions, and other Arctic nation-states, provides an opportunity to identify, assess, and challenge the meanings of 'Arctic Security' in the 21st century. The Task Force team, including Inuit participants from Canada, will have the opportunity to write a policy report presenting new approaches to security integrating international relations theories, security studies concepts and regional Inuit governance models. The dialogue between the Government of Québec and the Inuit of Nunavik in northern Québec, will provide a point of focus for these concepts. Students will travel to Québec City and Ottawa (Jan 26-Feb 3) to meet with Inuit leaders, government officials, industry, Arctic embassies, and leading scholars in Arctic security.
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