Arctic vs Antarctic

Antarctic ice bergs. Does this continent offer a model for settling soveriegnty disputes in the Arctic? Photo: ANTARCTIC OCEAN ALLIANCE, AFP Interesting discussion today at the International Polar Conference in Montreal, Canada during a panel discussion on Polar governance, Policy and Management.

Topics covered everything from regionalization in the Arctic education in Arctic ‘micro-states’ such as Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

But some of the most animated discussion concerned the question from the public as to whether the Antarctic Treaty System model could be used as a model in the Arctic as a way to settle lingering sovereignty questions in the region.

Lots of laughter all around when a conference attendee stood up and said ‘The only people who ever say that are the Antarctic specialists, you never hear that from the Arctic researchers!’

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)

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