The arctic faces transformation of epic proportions. It is a forbidding and formidable region that remains a location of beauty, wonder and mystery. Its extreme climates and geographical expanse have made it off limits to all except its northern indigenous population for much of its history. Did you know that some believe that the arctic may contain up to 13 per cent of the worlds undiscovered oil and 30 per cent of its undiscovered natural gas? Learn about at least four major transformational processes that are recasting the entire world. These include climate change, resource development, new technologies, and new geopolitical forces. Any one of these forces by itself would alter the arctic, but all four taken together mean that the arctic is now becoming very different from what it was. You will examine each of the four individually and then consider how they interact to produce the overall transformation that is now occurring.
Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He also severed as the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was appointed as a member to the Canadian Polar Commission (now renamed Canada Polar Knowledge) for a term lasting from 2010 to 2015. He is also a research fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and sits on the board of the Van Horne Institute. Dr. Huebert has taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. His area of research interests include: international relations, strategic studies, the Law of the Sea, maritime affairs, Canadian foreign and defence policy, and circumpolar relations. He publishes on the issue of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security, and Canadian Defence. His work has appeared in International Journal; Canadian Foreign Policy; Isuma- Canadian Journal of Policy Research and Canadian Military Journal. He was co-editor of Commercial Satellite Imagery and United Nations Peacekeeping and Breaking Ice: Canadian Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North. His most book written with Whitney Lackenbauer and Franklyn Griffiths is Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship. He also comments on Canadian security and Arctic issues in both the Canadian and international media.