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Quick Impact

Short, topical, and relevant opinion editorials and commentary by NAADSN experts on North American and Arctic defence and security topics.

To cope with natural disasters, we need a Canadian Resilience Corps, by Peter Kikkert, Ottawa Citizen, 25 November 2021

As more nations eye the Arctic as a strategic resource, what is the U.S. military’s plan? | Alaska Insight, by Lori Townsend featuring Dr. Troy Bouffard, Alaska Public Media, 12 November 2021.

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Military Emissions Reporting: An Opportunity for Proactive Canadian Leadership, by Christina Bouchard, November 2021

Russia Wants to Keep Status as Arctic Superpower, Says Expert, by John Grady, featuring Troy Bouffard, USNI News, 5 November 2021.

Dr. Andrea Charron and Dr. James Fergusson, NORAD’S Maritime Warning Role: Origins and Future, Canadian Naval Review, 17(20), November 2021. 

Russia’s ‘Re-Exploration’ of Siberia and the Far East: Tools, Plans, Ambitions (Part Two), by Dr. Sergey Sukhankin, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 18 (162), 26 October 2021.

Russia’s ‘Re-Exploration’ of Siberia and the Far East: Tools, Plans, Ambitions (Part One), by Dr. Sergey Sukhankin, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 12 (161), 25 October 2021.

Canadian Justice | Why We Need to Protect Canada’s Arctic Region, featuring Dr. Rob Huebert and Dr. P. Whitney Lackenbauer, The News Forum, 24 October 2021.

Defence Deconstructed: Arctic Stability and Climate Change, by David Perry, featuring Dr. Heather Exner-Pirot and Dr. Will Greaves, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, 15 October 2021.

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Rangers’ Maritime Role: An Unclear Proposal, by Peter Kikkert and P. Whitney Lackenbauer, October 2021

The Inuit knowledge vanishing with the ice, featuring Dr. Jackie Dawson, BBC, 11 October 2021.

Forget the subs—let’s talk about the info and tech sharing in AUKUS, by Kristen Csenkey, The Hill Times, 6 October 2021.

Crude quarrel: Canada invokes treaty to negotiate fate of Line 5 pipeline with U.S., featuring Dr. Christopher Sands, Global News, 5 October 2021.

Canada formally invokes 1977 treaty in bid to prevent Line 5 shutdown, featuring Dr. Christopher Sands, The Detroit News, 4 October 2021.

Is Canada Prepared To Defend Against Submarine and Surface Threats in the Arctic? featuring Dr. Rob Huebert, The News Forum, 27 September 2021.

Does Canadian military need Britain’s help to defend the Arctic? featuring Dr. Rob Huebert, Global News, 27 September 2021.

Andreas Østhagen & Clive H. Schofield, An ocean apart? Maritime boundary agreements and disputes in the Arctic OceanThe Polar Journal, 24 September 2021.

Britain offers Canadian military help to defend the Arctic, featuring Dr. Rob Huebert, CBC News, 24 September 2021.

U.S. Defense Department appoints a leader for its new Arctic security center featuring Randy “Church” Kee, Arctic Today, 23 September 2021.

Sergey Sukhankin. Kaliningrad in the Post-Crimea Russia. A Bastion or a Weak Link? French Institute of International Relations, Russie.Nei.Visions, no. 124, 2021.

Homeland Security should prioritize climate security, Indigenous primacy in its Arctic strategy, by John Pennington and Troy Bouffard, Anchorage Daily News, 15 September 2021.

Next government needs to modernize NORAD, address cyber threats, by Kristen Csenkey, The Hill Times, 1 September 2021. 
US icebreaker departs on a voyage that will transit the Northwest Passage, featuring Rob Huebert, Arctic Today, 26 August 2021. 
Alaska-based Military Assets Not Participating in Afghanistan Evacuation, Pentagon Says, featuring Troy Bouffard, KUAC, 26 August 2021
North America’s Arctic radar shield is due for an upgrade, featuring Andrea Charron, The Economist, 31 July 2021 
Le Canada affirme sa souveraineté en Arctique, featuring P. Whitney Lackenbauer, L’Aquilon, by Nelly Guidici, 22 July 2021.
Disrupt: A Revolutionary Critical Podcast, by Gabriella Gricius and Bridgett Neff-Hickman,  Disrupt RCP, 2021. 
Ban on commercial fishing in central Arctic Ocean comes into force, featuring Jackie Dawson, Nunatsiaq News, 28 June 2021 
The Russian Arctic Council Chairmanship: National Security Considerations in the Shadow of Regional Cooperation, by Troy Bouffard and P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Russian Analytical Digest no. 269, 27 June 2021.
What Do Russia’s Ambitions Mean for the Stability of the Arctic Council? by Troy Bouffard, CDA Institute, 20 June 2021. 
What the Biden-Putin summit means —and doesn’t mean— for Arctic cooperation, featuring Troy Bouffard and Heather Exner-Pirot, ArcticToday, 18 June 2021
The Arctic’s Securitization, by Gabriella Gricius, Inkstick Media, 17 June 2021
Sino-Qatari LNG Deal: A New Phase for Doha-Beijing Relations? by Sergey Sukhankin, Gulf International Forum, 16 June 2021.
What Does Climate Change in the Arctic Have to do with Property Rights? by Gabriella Gricius, New America, 16 June 2021. 
Most Indigenous people support resource development: poll, by John Desjarlais Jr. and Heather Exner-Pirot, iPolitics, 14 June 2021

Fisheries Disputes: The Real Potential for Arctic Conflict, by Jen Evans and Andreas Østhagen, The Arctic Institute, 3 June 2021. 

How Canada Can Prepare for the Quantum Threat, by Nina Bindel and Kristen Csenkey, CDA Institute, 2 June 2021. 

Understanding UNDRIP: Challenges to legislating the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, featuring Heather Exner-Pirot, The Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 26 May 2021. 

What Can We Expect From the New Canadian Surface Combatant? by Timothy Choi, CDA Institute, 26 May 2021.

Taking the Geopolitical Temperature of the Arctic: Four Things to Watch, by Gabriella Gricius, Modern War Institute, 1 June 2021

Alternative Approaches to Arctic Security, featuring Gabriella Gricius, The Arctic Institute Bookshelf Podcast, 26 May 2021

Protecting Canada and improving cyber defence: three challenges, by Kristen Csenkey, The Hill Times, 24 May 2021.

The Arctic Council Goes Back to Basics, by Marc Lanteigne, Over the Circle, 21 May 2021 

With U.S. climate drama behind them, can the Arctic Council turn the page in Reykjavik? featuring Troy Bouffard, Eye on the Arctic, 19 May 2021. 

International Centre for Counter-Terrorism Book Presentation: Prevention of Terrorist Attacks part II, featuring Dr. Shannon Nash, ICCT, 18 May 2021.

As Arctic Council chair passes to Russia, ‘we could see a very friendly bear,’ expert says, featuring Whitney Lackenbauer, Nunatsiaq News, 17 May 2021.

Canada to build two polar icebreakers for High Arctic operations, featuring Timothy Choi, Radio Canada International, 6 May 2021.

Canada and Japan move to expand security cooperation in Indo-Pacific, featuring Rob Huebert, CBC Radio, 4 May 2021. 

With or Without You: Arctic Security Dialogue is Meaningful Even Without Russia, But Here’’s How to Involve Moscow in the Future— And Why We Should, by Troy Bouffard and Elizabeth Buchanan, Modern War Institute, 4 May 2021. 

The Fight over the Melting Arctic – The Evolving Arctic Security Environment, featuring Rob Huebert, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 12 April 2021. 

Sea Control 244: Establishing an Arctic Security Institution, featuring Troy Bouffard, Centre for International Maritime Security, 25 April 2021

UNDRIP legislation turning into a distraction from real action on Indigenous self-determination, by Heather Exner-Pirot, iPolitics, 19 April 2021

Arctic Great Power Competition: The United States, Russia and China, by Gabriella Gricius, Global Security Review, 12 April 2021

‘You cannot claim any more:’ Russia seeks bigger piece of Arctic, featuring Whitney Lackenbauer and Rob Huebert, CBC News, 11 April 2021  

IOGs Policy Crunch – Innovation in the Arctic, featuring Rob Huebert, Institute on Governance, 6 April 2021

US, Canada team up for ‘historic Arctic patrol’, featuring Troy Bouffard, Daily News-Miner, 6 April 2021

How creating an Armed Forces Indigenous community assistance program would pay off, by Peter Kikkert, Policy Options, 31 March 2021

The case for restraint and diplomacy as China turns towards the Arctic, by Gabriella Gricius, Responsible Statecraft, 25 March 2021 

Icebreaker USCGC Healy to Navigate Northwest Passage This Summer, featuring Troy Bouffard, KNOM Radio Mission, 25 March 2021

U.S. homeland defence strategy underlines Canada’s importance, featuring Andrea Charron and Rob Huebert, 20 March 2021, Radio Canada International

Arctic intersection: Alaska, the US and China, featuring Troy Bouffard, Alaska News Source, 19 March 2021

Geopolitical Implications of New Arctic Shipping Lanes, by Gabriella Gricius, The Arctic Institute, March 18, 2021.

U.S. Army unveils Arctic strategy as relations with Russia plunge into deep freeze, featuring Troy Bouffard, Eye on the Arctic, 17 March 2021

Arctic high on the agenda of Blinken’s phone call with Danish FM, featuring Troy Bouffard, Eye on the Arctic, 15 March 2021

US Coast Guard announces plans to transit the Northwest Passage this summer, featuring Troy Bouffard and Rob Huebert, 12 March 2021, ArcticToday. 

U.S. Coast Guard to send icebreaker through Northwest Passage with Canada’s consent, featuring Troy Bouffard, Eye on the Arctic, 12 March 2021

Defence Deconstructed: The Different Aspects of Shipbuilding, featuring Timothy Choi, 5 March 2021, The CGAI Podcast Network

The EU’s new Arctic Policy: Lessons from human security and the European Green Deal by Gabriella Gricius, European Leadership Network, March 2021 

Investment in Arctic Initiatives Serves U.S. National Interests by Maj Gen Randy “Church” Key, Bloomberg, 26 February 2021

Long-Awaited TBO Report Arrives by Timothy Choi, Canadian Naval Review, February 2021

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Sending a Message: Ideologically Motivated Violent Extremist Groups and Canadian Terrorist Entity Listings, by Shannon Nash, February 2021

Great Decisions 2021: The Fight Over the Melting Arctic with Rob Huebert, February 2021

OP ED: Is it time for a new concept of seapower?, by Rob Huebert, 2021 Cutting the Bow Wave, Combined Joint Operations from the Sea, February 2021

Indigenous Representation in National Security, by Gabriella Gricius in Defense 360, February 2021

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Canada’s National Interests and Challenges to Adopting the Nuclear Ban Treaty, by Nancy Teeple, February 2021

China Wants to Invest in the Arctic. Why Doesn’t Canada? Featuring Petra Dolata and Adam Lajeunesse, The Walrus, 29 January 2021.

Russia’s COVID Blinders: Arctic Policy Changes or Lack Thereof, by Gabriella Gricius,The Arctic Institute, 19 January 2021 

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Positioning Russia in the Circumpolar Arctic: Narrative, (De)Legitimizing Discourses, and a Framing Environment, by P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Troy Bouffard, January 2021

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Assessing the US Navy’s Arctic Blueprint, by Adam Lajeunesse and Timothy Choi, January 2021

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Canada’s New Arctic Drone in Context, by Timothy Choi, January 2021

New U.S. Arctic strategy focuses on ‘day-to-day competition’ with Russia and China, featuring Rob Huebert and Troy Bouffard, 7 January 2021, Radio Canada International

Zero emissions by 2050 may be too late for Canada’s North, featuring Andrew Chater, iPolitics, 31 December 2020

Russian hypersonic ‘Dagger’ demands rethink of North American defences, experts say, featuring Nancy Teeple, Rob Huebert, and James Fergusson, 21 December 2020, Radio Canada International

How a Biden administration can strengthen U.S. Arctic Security, by Troy Bouffard, 18 December 2020, Arctic Today

Canada can promote transparency to form and strengthen norms as opportunities expand in outer space, by Alexander MacDonald, 16 December 2020, The Hill Times

Arctic Competition: Military Buildup and Great Power Competition, Foreign Policy, 14 December 2020

Arctic Borders in a Global Context, featuring Andrew Chater and Karen Everett, The Arctic Institute, 8 December 2020

Exxon Valdez 2.0? Trump oil plan sparks fears, featuring Troy Bouffard, 8 December 2020, E&E News, written by Heather Richards

A goldmine in Nunavut is the most recent local point of a longstanding debate: Is Canada doing enough to protect its interest in the North? Featuring Petra Dolata, CBC The House, 5 December 2020

Canada’s adaptation to evolving NORAD and NATO roles, by Nancy Teeple, 18 November 2020, The Hill Times

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Nunavut’s Infrastructure Gap Report: Insights into Critical Infrastructure in Canada’s Arctic, by Christina Bouchard, November 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: The Trauma of Terrorism: Strengthening Preparedness and Resilience, by Shannon Nash, October 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: The Potential for Arctic Collective Security: Fundamental Challenges, by Troy J. Bouffard, October 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: The Canadian Army in a Changing North American Defence and Security Environment, by P. Whitney Lackenbauer, September 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Responding to the Hardening the SHIELD: A Credible Deterrent and Capable Defense for North America, by Andrea Charron, September 2020

The High-Tech Future of North American Defense, featuring Andrea Charron, 11 September 2020, The Wilson Center’s Canada Institute

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: The Canadian Rangers, “Watching for Illegal Immigrants”, and Far-Right Extremism, by P. Whitney Lackenbauer, September 2020

How US foreign policy is failing in the Arctic, by Gabriella Gricius, Responsible Statecraft, 9 September 2020

Beyond the North Warning System, by Andrea Charron, 7 September 2020, War on the Rocks

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Permanency, Reassurance, and Quiet Diplomacy: The Permanent Joint Board on Defence (PJBD) at Eighty, by P. Whitney Lackenbauer, August 2020

The North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network, Battle Rhythm Podcast featuring an interview with Dr. P. Whitney Lackenbauer, August 19 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Gaps and Bridges: The Case for American Polar Icebreakers, by Peter Kikkert, August 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Governing the Future(s) of Emerging Technologies in Canada, by Kristen Csenkey and Nina Bindel, August 2020

Appointment of U.S. Arctic co-ordinator may signal more muscular American policy, featuring Troy Bouffard and Rob Huebert, July 31 2020, CBC News, written by Levon Sevunts

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Are Chinese Submarines Coming to the Arctic? by Adam Lajeunesse and Timothy Choi, July 2020

What we know so far about the Rideau Hall intruder, featuring Dr. P. Whitney Lackenbauer, July 3, 2020, CBC News, written by Laura Glowacki

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Canadian public opinion and defence spending – Possible implications for continental defence modernization, by Mathieu Landriault and Praneel Gayan, July 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Russia’s New State Policy on Nuclear Deterrence: Implications for North American Defence, by Nancy Teeple, June 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: We Cannot Deter What We Cannot Detect, by P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Ryan Dean, May 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: The U.S. Withdrawal from Open Skies: Implications for the Arctic, by Troy Bouffard and P. Whitney Lackenbauer, May 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Custos Borealis: The Fiftieth Anniversary of Northern Region Headquarters / Joint Task Force (North), by P. Whitney Lackenbauer, May 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: “Russian Arctic Military Exercise Draws Awe and Concern” … and Promotes Misconceptions about the Canadian Armed Forces and Threats to the Canadian Arctic?, by P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Adam Lajeunesse, May 2020

Russian Arctic military exercise draws awe and concern, featuring Andrea Charron and Rob Huebert, May 11, 2020, CBC News, written by Murray Brewster

Les Rangers : une réponse communautaire à la COVID-19 en régions isolées, by Peter Kikkert, 1 May 2020, Radio-Canada

Arctic Security and Defence, featuring Mathieu Landriault and Andrea Charron, April 15, 2020, CGAI Battle Rhythm Podcast

The Canadian Rangers, community resiliency, and COVID-19, by P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Peter Kikkert, April 15

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Blackjack Diplomacy, by Ryan Dean and P. Whitney Lackenbauer, March 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Will Budget 2020 take the Canadian North seriously?, by Mathieu Landriault and Andrew Chater, March 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Le Nord canadien sera-t-il enfin pris au sérieux dans le prochain budget?, by Mathieu Landriault and Andrew Chater, February 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Quelle nouvelle structure de gouvernance pour l’Arctique, by Mathieu Landriault, February 2020

A Melting Arctic: Impact on Arctic Reporting, Shipping and Governance, featuring panelists Eilis Quinn, Alison Cook, and Mathieu Landriault, 30 January 2020, CPAC Public Record

A Melting Arctic: Impact on Military Operations, featuring panelists Lieutenant Commander Sylvain Bernier (Royal Canadian Navy) and Major Conrad Schubert (Joint Task Force North), 30 January 2020, CPAC Public Record

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Charron and Fergusson 2% or else, by Andrea Charron and Jim Fergusson, January 2020

NAADSN Quick Impact Report: Iran and the Sleeper Threat to North America, by Shannon Nash, January 2020

Here Comes Trouble: How to worry sensibly in the 21st Century, featuring Andrea Charron, 13 February 2020, CBC Radio

Charron, Andrea, Northwest Passage: status quo persistsHill Times, 10 June 2019.

Charron, Andrea, Canada’s UN submission will (eventually) draw the last lines on the mapThe Conversation, 4 June 2019.