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Publication Title

Washington University Global Studies Law Review

Abstract

In Part I, this Note will discuss the climatic, economic, and social changes that have been taking place over the last several decades in the Arctic. Part II will discuss the current governance framework. Part III will discuss the economic, social, and political goals that should inform changes in Arctic governance. It also will argue that economic development of the Arctic region can be and must be consistent with rigorous environmental protections. Part IV will discuss specific recommendations and potential improvements to a comprehensive framework for the future.

The scope of this subject is so vast and complex that it cannot be dealt with exhaustively within the space available here. Therefore, the goal of this Note is to argue for the need to think comprehensively about Arctic governance, to suggest goals for Arctic governance, and to establish the parameters within which this conversation should take place.