The Changing Arctic: Ecosystems, Economy, and Geopolitics

Kelly.KildowStudents at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies will have a unique opportunity this spring to take a course entitled: The Changing Arctic: Ecosystems, Economy, and Geopolitics. The course, which runs over two weekends from April 1-10, will be co-taught by Dr. Brendan P. Kelly, Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) and Dr. Judith Kildow, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy's National Ocean Economics Program.

Both instructors offer more than 40 years of experience in their respective fields.

This course will showcase the environmental and economic links that drive the major geopolitical issues currently under negotiation in the Arctic region. The economics and ecology of melting ice and a warmer climate pose huge uncertainties and major challenges not only for policy makers but also for those who must inform them. Rumors abound concerning the Arctic’s natural and social environments. This course will explore the myths, explain what we know and don’t know about the region’s environmental and economic futures, and give students the opportunity to analyze the evidence and think about the costs and benefits for solutions to real life problems today.

The students will also get to hear from two incredible guest speakers: Mr. Craig Fleener, Arctic Policy Advisor for the State of Alaska, speaking on "The perspective of modern indigenous leaders," and Dr. Wieslaw Maslowski, Research Professor, Naval Postgraduate School addressing "Modeling sea ice change - what is certain and uncertain?"

To learn more, download the latest draft course description: The Changing Arctic: Ecosystems, Economy, and Geopolitics