The United States hands the Arctic Council’s two-year rotating chairmanship to Finland on May 11th in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Foreign ministers from all eight Arctic states: Canada, Finland, Denmark/Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and the United States are scheduled to attend the ministerial meeting where the accomplishments of the last two years will be announced and the forum’s leadership is officially passed on.
- But what should we be watching for as circumpolar politicians, diplomats and indigenous leaders gather in Fairbanks?
- How did the U.S. chairmanship size up in the end?
- And how will Finnish priorities shape the forum over the next two years?
In the run up to the ministerial, Eye on the Arctic checked in with a series of experts from around the North for their views on what we should all be watching for in Fairbanks, and from the Arctic Council, in the months ahead.
In Monday’s View from Russia, we talked with Andrei Zagorski from the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Today, we bring you our conversation with Heather Exner-Pirot, Eye on the Arctic blogger and managing editor of The Arctic Yearbook.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Chairing the Arctic Council was hard work but a joy, says David Balton (Part 2 of 2), Blog by Heather Exner-Pirot
Finland: Cooperation with Russia in the Arctic makes sense; an Arctic Summit does not, Blog by Heather Exner-Pirot
Denmark: Nordics to step up security cooperation on perceived Russian threat, Yle News
Iceland: The Arctic Council at 20 – View from Iceland, Eye on the Arctic
Norway: Norway and Russia exchange diplomatic smiles about Arctic cooperation, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Arctic Council ministerial – View from Russia, Eye on the Arctic
Sweden: Swedish foreign minister to meet Russian counterpart, Radio Sweden
United States: U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson will attend Arctic Council event in Fairbanks, Alaska Dispatch News
The Arctic Council chairmanship moves from the United States to Finland on May 11, 2017 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn along with EOTA media partners and contributors will be bringing you stories, interviews and analysis leading up to the handover.
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