Course Description

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.

Course Details

Course Learning Outcomes:

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe how and why the Circumpolar North is transforming.
  • Identify who are the main actors in the newly evolving Circumpolar security region.
  • Define the core geopolitical processes that are now unleashed in the region. 

Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He has served as the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies and was appointed as a member of the Canadian Polar Commission (now Canada Polar Knowledge) from 2010 to 2015. He is 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 recent book is Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship, written with Whitney Lackenbauer and Franklyn Griffiths. He also comments on Canadian security and Arctic issues in both the Canadian and international media.


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