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As the United States transitions away from its chairmanship of the Arctic Council, we would do well to look at what is taking place in Alaska, our subnational government in the Arctic, to advance our leadership and engagement in the High North.

This past March, the Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative, in conjunction with Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation, held a forum entitled “The North American Arctic: Building a Vision for Regional Collaboration.” The forum brought together leaders from Alaska, Greenland, and the Canadian territories of Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut to talk about areas where subnational governments in the...

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