Episode 31: Climate Change and Arctic Sovereignty

Guest: Victoria Herrmann, President and Managing Director of the Arctic Institute.

About: This episode explores the security, trade and diplomatic implications of climate change in Canada’s Arctic. The availability of natural resources, new shipping routes and increased economic interest in the region presents new challenges for the Arctic Council and for Canada’s own interests. How is the Arctic Council addressing these challenges? Who are the new players in the race for the Arctic? Join Bridget and Nicole as they discuss the geopolitics of the Arctic region with Victoria Herrmann, President and Managing Director of the Arctic Institute.

Please note the following correction to the episode:

There are six, not five, organizations representing Arctic indigenous peoples have status as Permanent Participants in the Arctic Council. The category of Permanent Participant was created to provide for active participation and full consultation with the Arctic indigenous peoples within the Council. They include: the Aleut International Association, the Arctic Athabaskan CouncilGwich’in Council International, the Inuit Circumpolar CouncilRussian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North and the Saami Council.

Victoria Herrmann is the President and Managing Director of the Arctic Institute. Her research and writing focuses on climate change, community adaptation, human development and resource economies with a particular focus on Arctic oil and gas. She is a Gates Scholar at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, where she is pursuing a PhD in Political Geography of the Arctic. Victoria holds a Master’s degree from our own Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and a Bachelors in International Relations and Art History from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

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Music: www.bensound.com and www.incompetech.com

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