Harvard International Review

Current Feature: The Arctic Battleground

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, South African President, Jacob Zuma, COP President, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and Executive Deputy Secretary, Richard Kinley at the 2011 Durban Conference (COP 17). At COP 17, the countries acknowledged the gap between their commitments and achieving the two degrees Celsius objective.

A World Price for Carbon: A Necessary Condition for an Effective Global Climate Agreement

In the following text, I will demonstrate three things. First, that humankind is losing the battle against human-induced climate change, the impacts of which...

The Law of the Sea and the Arctic: An Interview with James Houck

A lot of your work deals with the UN Law of the Sea Convention, so let’s start by discussing what this agreement is, and how it...

The Arctic: Important for Norway, Important for the world

Traditionally, travel between Europe and the United States is described as moving “across the pond.” However, the shortest distance between our two continents is...

Getting Serious About the Arctic: US Interests in the North

In our fast paced world of sound bites, tweets, and captivating images, recent horrific acts such as those in Nigeria, Paris, and Pakistan shock...

Will Arctic nations let Russia control Arctic shipping? Should they?

In August, 1981, our Russian hosts built a campfire on a bluff overlooking the Lena River, near Yakutsk, a region most Americans only know...


US and African troops participate in a ceremony for US Army Africa's exercises Natural Fire 10 in Uganda in 2009. One of the principal missions of US Army Africa is to promote security and stability in Africa. By United States Army, Public Domain, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.

Have US Priorities in Africa Changed: Do Security Concerns Trump Others?

At the end of the first ever US-Africa Leaders Summit on August 7, 2014, President Obama declared that it had been an “extraordinary event,” citing the accomplishments of the summit...