Most of the Arctic, like most of the world, is commonly owned. With ownership comes the obligation to manage our resources for the benefit of the total. To do that, we must understand the reality, the richness, and the responsibility of the North.

– Governor Walter J. Hickel, Founder

Arctic Policy & Infrastructure

Alaska makes the U.S. an Arctic Nation

The Institute of the North provides a unique function in the Arctic, like no other organization in Alaska. Alaskans must understand their role in the North and be able to convey that position to national lawmakers and to neighboring nations. The Institute acts to advocate for Alaska’s role on a national and international stage, bringing research and policy together to support peoples of the North.

In addition to bridging academia and lawmaking, the Institute is an active advocate for improving infrastructure in the Arctic. Investment in infrastructure is a necessary component of community and economic development in the North. Not only is this critical for Alaska, but infrastructure development should be approached on a regional level with the sharing of best practices, new policy approaches and emerging technologies between Arctic nations.