The Arctic is facing remarkable climatic and oceanic change that is triggering unprecedented opportunities and challenges for Arctic nations, as well as for countries that do not have Arctic territory but are eager to engage and invest in the region. For Canada and the United States, the Beaufort basin offers unique opportunities for Alaska and Canada’s Arctic territories. The policy brief argues that cooperation with the United States on Arctic economic development should be a top priority in Canada’s bilateral relations. The brief concludes with a "blueprint for action" for steps the Government of Canada should take for long-term Canadian Arctic maritime development.
John Higginbotham is a senior fellow at CIGI and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. John’s research focuses on Arctic economic and governance development and international relations, Canada’s ties with the United States and China in global context and North American Arctic marine transportation as the Arctic Ocean melts.
Marina Grosu is a master’s graduate in international public policy of Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of International Policy and Governance. Previously, she held a junior research fellowship at CIGI.