North Pacific Arctic Conference

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Beginning in 2011, about 30–35 participants have come to the East-West Center for an annual North Pacific Arctic Conference (NPAC). Sponsored initially by the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI), the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI), and the East-West Center, the Conference has evolved into a join venture between the Center and KMI. Participating in their personal capacities and engaging in wide-ranging but focused discussions under the Chatham House Rule, participants representing the public sector, the private sector, and civil society have taken a particular interest in relations among the Arctic states of the North Pacific region (Canada, Russia, and the United States) and the principal non-Arctic states of the same region (China, Japan, and the Repbulic of Korea). At the same time, the organizers have sought to situate these North Pacific dialogues within a broader setting, featuring the emergence of the Arctic as a distinct region and the interplay between this region and the global system.

Within this overarching framework, each session of NPAC has drawn attention to a broad theme. Thus, NPAC 2011 focused on “Arctic Transformations,” NPAC 2012 on “Arctic Marine Issues,” NPAC 2013 on “The Future of the Arctic,” NPAC 2014 on “International Cooperation in a Changing Arctic,” and NPAC 2015 on “The Arctic in the Wider World.” The 2016 NPAC will focus on “Arctic Futures: Emerging Issues, Policy Responses.” A common thread running through all the sessions has been the importance of sustaining the Arctic as a zone of peace and prosperity in a rapidly changing and often turbulent and unpredictable world.

Papers presented at the conferences are published every year in a series of proceedings on The Arctic in World Affairs.

Related Publications

Young, Oran R., Jong Deog Kim, and Yoon Hyung Kim, eds. (2015). The Arctic in World Affairs: A North Pacific dialogue on the Arctic in the wider world. North Pacific Arctic Conference Proceedings. Seoul: Korea Maritime Institute and East-West Center.

Young, Oran R., Kim, Jong Deog, and Kim, Yoon Hyung, eds. (2014). A North Pacific dialogue on international cooperation in a changing Arctic. Seoul: Korea Maritime Institute and East-West Center.

Young, Oran R., Kim, Jong Deog, and Kim, Yoon Hyung, eds. (2013). A North Pacific dialogue on the future of the Arctic. Seoul: Korea Maritime Institute and East-West Center.

Young, Oran R., Kim, Jong Deog, and Kim, Yoon Hyung, eds. (2012). A North Pacific dialogue on Arctic marine issues. Seoul: Korea Maritime Institute and East-West Center.

Corell, Robert W., Kang, James Seong-Cheol, and Kim, Yoon Hyung, eds. (2011). A North Pacific dialogue on Arctic transformation. Seoul: Korea Maritime Institute and East-West Center.

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