Governor Walter J. Hickel, founder of the Institute of the North, believed strongly that we must understand the reality, the richness and the responsibility of the North. Today, the Institute works to share that vision. Our mission is vital to Alaska’s role as a key stakeholder in policy affecting the Arctic. We stand at a pivotal place where ideas and connections matter – across the state and on a global scale. In the Arctic, the Institute is both an advocate and a convener.
The Institute specializes in how to utilize and care for the resource-rich commons for the benefit of those living in and on the commons. Areas of special study include Alaska, the many regions of the Arctic and other areas of the world that are wealthy in both human cultures and natural resources. The Institute has gained a wide reputation as a center for the study of commonly-owned lands, seas and resources using Alaska as a model.
The Ministry of Defense (MOD) of the Kingdom of Denmark recently published a detailed analysis of future MOD missions in the Arctic. You may be asking, why does Denmark care about the...Read More
Written by Ilana Zyatitsky, who is interning at Institute of the North this summer. Ilana is from Anchorage and currently attend Colby College in Maine.
Maine’s location and resources...Read More
On June 9, the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC hosted a panel discussion entitled “National Security Risks in a Changing Arctic.” The panel included Ambassador Mark...Read More