Arctic Council Ministers Meet In Alaska

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, seated right, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, seated left, pose with Nulato Chief Mickey Stickman at an Arctic Council event in Fairbanks, Alaska. High-level officials from the world’s eight Arctic nations, including Tillerson, will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Trump called for more oil drilling and development.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, seated right, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, seated left, pose with Nulato Chief Mickey Stickman at an Arctic Council event in Fairbanks, Alaska. High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic nations, including Tillerson, will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Trump called for more oil drilling and development. Mark Thiessen / AP Photo
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, seated right, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, seated left, pose with Nulato Chief Mickey Stickman at an Arctic Council event in Fairbanks, Alaska. High-level officials from the world’s eight Arctic nations, including Tillerson, will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Trump called for more oil drilling and development.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, seated right, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, seated left, pose with Nulato Chief Mickey Stickman at an Arctic Council event in Fairbanks, Alaska. High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic nations, including Tillerson, will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Trump called for more oil drilling and development. Mark Thiessen / AP Photo

Arctic Council Ministers Meet In Alaska

Eight countries circle the North Pole, among them: Russia, the U.S., Canada and Norway. The Arctic is strategically important for its oil production, shipping lanes, and military access, but climate change and indigenous rights issues add complexity to what would otherwise be a land grab.

Every two years, the eight countries trade spots negotiating arctic issues in a political union called the Arctic Council. The Council’s foreign ministers met yesterday in Fairbanks, Alaska to debate these topics. For more on the meeting, we turn to Nils Andreassen, executive director of the Institute of the North.