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Science & Diplomacy in Greenland-US relations

Drs. Ronald Doel (Florida State University), Kristine Harper (University of Copenhagen), Kristian Nielsen (Aarhus University), Josephine Nymand (Greenland Research Council), Inuuteq Holm Olsen (Royal Danish US Embassy) and Mark Nuttall (University of Alberta)


In light of increased interest in the economic and military potential of Greenland from the former and current US Presidential administrations, and the strong potential for Greenlandic independence in the coming years, APECS Science & Diplomacy hosted a robust roundtable event on the role of science and scientists in US-Greenlandic relations.

They spoke to a range of topics from Camp Century and Thule Air Base to rare earth metal mining and ancient climate reconstruction.

Their discussion was followed by breakout groups for attendees to discuss the complex issues involved and considered the ways that science and scientists impact international relations. The goal of the roundtable was to highlight how “science in diplomacy” and “diplomacy in science” operate in a specific and critical international relationship in the Arctic, taking into account the US relationship with Denmark, but focusing foremost on bilateral US-Greenlandic relations past and future.

Organized by the APECS Science & Diplomacy Project Group

Science & Diplomacy
Social Sciences & Humanities
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