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Spring 2018
Oct 24, 2021
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STIA 364 - Env Security in the Arctic
This course will cover domestic and international issues as part of a profound environment transition that is creating new and extensive opportunities for energy development, shipping, fishing and tourism as the Arctic is transformed from a perennially sea-ice covered ocean to a seasonally ice-free sea. This environmental state-change is introducing inherent risks of political, economic and cultural instabilities with global repercussions. In this emerging strategic environment, U.S. security concerns will be presented with an integrated approach for assessing and responding to the risks as well as the opportunities generated by an environmental state-change. In this course, diverse perspectives on environmental security in the Arctic will be covered from the perspective of high-level diplomats, parliamentarians and government officials; leaders of Arctic indigenous people’s organizations; international legal advisors; directors of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations; and managers of multi-national corporations. The coursework will explore the urgent need for environmental security and the collection of environmental intelligence through a holistic approach to understand opportunities and risks as well as to expand the infrastructure necessary to sustainably develop Arctic resources.

Learning Outcomes:
• Develop effective and professional writing skills necessary to work in national 
• Develop the analytic skills to assess and understand the emerging challenges and 
opportunities in the Arctic region; 
• Develop an ability to critically assess and write under time constraints; and
• Develop the communication skills necessary to effectively brief on security related 

**Note: This course is designed primarily for future policymakers and government officials. Some scientific background is assumed , but students do not need to be familiar with Arctic environmental issues. The goal of this course is to provide students with enough familiarity with the major issues associated with Arctic security to effectively transition into a number of roles in the United States Government, including national security, diplomacy, resource management and crisis response. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Seminar

Science, Tech, & Int'l Affairs Department

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