Arctic Policy Study Group

The Arctic continues to be a region of increasing importance and rapidly changing issues and opportunities. Commonwealth North recently authorized a new charge for the Arctic Policy Study Group. Read more about the scope of study and upcoming study sessions below.

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As the U.S. government undertakes an update to its Arctic Strategy, Commonwealth North charges the Arctic Policy Study Group to:

  1. review previous recommendations for state and federal Arctic policy;
  2. develop updated and revised policy recommendations; and
  3. produce a report to the White House and the U.S. Congress that summarizes Alaska perspectives on Arctic policies.
Download the study group charge statement.



As study sessions are held, the topics and materials will be stored here for reference.

May 27, 2020Alaska’s Role in America’s Arctic StrategySenator Dan SullivanProgram Recording
May 12, 2020Sen. Sullivan of Alaska talks military strength and strategy in the ArcticJoe Gould, Senator Dan SullivanDefense News Article
May 6, 2019Looking North: Sharpening America’s Arctic Focus
Secretary of State Mike PompeoAddress to the Arctic Council

In 2009, Commonwealth North completed its first comprehensive review of state, federal, and international Arctic policy matters impacting Alaska. This document serves as a starting point for this current review of Arctic policy. It is recommended reading for study group members, other stakeholders, and collaborators:


Commonwealth North is pleased to collaborate with Arctic thought leaders as part of this series of Arctic policy study sessions: