Governing the North American Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Institutions

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Olin Library, 107 Olin Library, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

For centuries, indigenous peoples have mastered the harsh conditions of the Arctic, but it has proven to be a difficult region for governments to administer.  Extreme temperatures, vast distances, and widely dispersed patterns of settlement have made it impossible for bureaucracies based in far-off capitals to erect and maintain infrastructures and institutions.

How are the challenges of governance developing now that climate change is transforming these polar regions? What is Cornell’s role in the North American Arctic?

In a Chats in the Stacks talk, Dawn Alexandrea Berry will discuss her new book, Governing the North American Arctic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), that explores how institutions in Alaska, the Canadian Far North, and Greenland, are evolving to address contemporary issues of security, environmental protection, indigenous rights, and economic development.

Berry is visiting scholar in the Department of History at Cornell University, and former postdoctoral fellow in foreign policy, security studies, and diplomatic history at the Einaudi Center for International Studies.

This event is sponsored by Olin Library. Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing. Refreshments served.

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