North Pacific Arctic Conference

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Richard Vuylsteke addresses 2017 Arctic Conference
East-West Center President Richard Vuylsteke addresses the 2017 North Pacific Arctic Conference.

Beginning in 2011, participants have come to the East-West Center for an annual North Pacific Arctic Conference (NPAC), sponsored by the Center and the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI). Participants representing the public sector, the private sector, and civil society engage in off-the-record discussions that are wide-ranging but focused. The conferences take a particular interest in relations among the Arctic states (Canada, Russia, and the United States) and the principal non-Arctic states (China, Japan, and South Korea) of the North Pacific region. 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 framework, each session of NPAC has drawn attention to a broad theme. 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 focused on “Arctic Futures: Emerging Issues, Policy Responses.” The theme of NPAC's  2017 meeting was "Improved Science Policy Engagement as a Key to Building Capacity for a Sustainable Arctic."

In 2018, the North Pacific Arctic Conference focused on “Arctic 2030 and Beyond―Pathways to the Future" and included participants from outside the region. More than 30 participants came from Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Japan, Norway, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Three crosscutting issues linked conference discussions: governance needs and options, the role of science, and corporate sustainability.

A common thread running through all the conferences over the years 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.

Presentations and discussions that take place at the North Pacific Arctic Conferences are published every year in a book-length volume.

Related Publications

Corell, Robert W., Jong Deong Kim, Yoon Hyong Kim, and Oran R. Young, eds. (2017). The Arctic in world affairs: A North Pacific dialogue on building capacity for a sustainable Arctic in a changing global order.  Busan, Republic of Korea: Korea Maritime Institute; and Honolulu, Hawaii: East-West Center.

Corell, Robert W., Jong Deog Kim, Yoon Hyung Kim, and Oran R. Young, eds. (2016). The Arctic in world affairs: A North Pacific dialogue on Arctic futures: Emerging issues and policy responses. Busan, Republic of Korea: Korea Maritime Institute; and Honolulu, Hawaii: East-West Center.

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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