Finland’s Arctic Council Chairmanship under the Trump Administration


Although the inter-state tensions in the Arctic have been relatively low, increased global attention towards the Arctic, along with the challenges and possibilities posed by climate change, have increased the need for the Arctic states to re-think their Arctic policies. Finland as the Chairman of the Arctic Council, will have a crucial role to play in safeguarding the fragile Arctic environment, while enhancing economic and political cooperation. Despite some encouraging signs of mutual understanding at President Niinistö’s visit to the White House on August 29 - many challenges lie ahead.


About the author: Mariette Hägglund

Mariette Hägglund recently was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the Supervisory Board at the Mediterranean Development Initiative and an Advisor for the World Youth Leadership Network (WYLN). Previously, Mariette has worked as an individual contractor for United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) on Arctic multilateral governance and climate change. Mariette has published in various newspapers and online media outlets, and had a weekly column about the policies by the Trump administration for Svenska Bildningsförbundet.

Mariette is currently a graduate student in Peace and Conflict studies at the University of Tampere in Finland, and received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Law and Development studies from the University of Helsinki.

More information from the author, mariette.hagglund(at), +358 40 0658024

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