A Bering Strait Vessel Traffic Service: Critical Infrastructure for an Opening Arctic (Part I)

6 Feb­ru­ary 2012, The Arc­tic Insti­tute: Cen­ter for Cir­cum­po­lar Secu­rity Stud­ies, Olin Strader
Nations and multi-national cor­po­ra­tions are posi­tion­ing them­selves to take full advan­tage of the Arctic’s North­west Pas­sage (NWP) and North­ern Sea Route (NSR). How­ever, there is very lit­tle safety infra­struc­ture in place to ensure incident-free tran­sit. Both of these Sea Lines of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion ter­mi­nate in the Bering Strait, the gate­way to the Arc­tic. In this crit­i­cal water space it is essen­tial the United States and Rus­sia begin con­sid­er­ing how to man­age traf­fic through this strate­gic choke point. More … 

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About Nadine Fabbi

Nadine Fabbi is the Associate Director of the Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She works closely with faculty and students to build the academic program including promoting and supporting enhanced research on Canada and the Canada-US relationship. In addition, she oversees educational programming both regionally and nationally. Nadine is also involved in national leadership to promote the study of Canada across institutions. She currently serves as a board member and secretariat for the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium; as a board member of the Graduate Committee for the Association for Canadian Studies in the US (ACSUS); as an external advisory board member for the Canadian Studies Institute, University of Alberta; and from 2003-07 she served as a Councilor for ACSUS. Nadine’s research focuses on Canada’s Arctic in particular the history of contact and current government initiatives. She has lectured for local businesses, colleges, on the Holland America cruise line, and for events organized by the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Canadian Consulate in Denver, and Kansas City State University, to mention a few. Nadine was a frequent writer for the teacher journal Teaching Canada and now for the educational flyer K-12 STUDY CANADA.