Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

August 05, 2008 15:09 ET

Canadians Must Assert Control Over the Arctic Now

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 5, 2008) - The Arctic region has been featured prominently in debates about Canadian sovereignty and Canadian leaders must assert control over our interests immediately, says Rob Huebert in a paper released today by the Canadian International Council (CIC).

"The Arctic has become a more complicated place due to globalization and the effects of climate change," explains Huebert, one of CIC's inaugural fellowship recipients. "We need to ensure that all activities occurring in the Arctic take place in accordance with the protection of all Canadians and, more specifically, the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. The link between Canadian Arctic sovereignty and security and the Canadian population is at the heart of any actions we need to take."

The author argues that if the pursuit of Canadian Arctic sovereignty is only about Canadian policy experts gaining personal satisfaction from some sense of control, then it is not worth the effort or expense. However, if sovereignty is being pursued for the purposes of protecting the security, safety and well-being of Canadians, then not only is it worth it, but it is an absolute necessity.

Huebert is a political science professor at the University of Calgary and one of eight fellows chosen earlier this year by the CIC to contribute new perspectives and discussion in vital areas of Canadian foreign policy. The program's initial areas of focus for 2008-09 include the following: China, Border Issues, Arctic Sovereignty and Security and Energy.

For more information on the CIC or the selected fellows please visit: www.canadianinternationalcouncil.org.

The Canadian International Council (CIC) is a non-partisan, nationwide council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs. With 13 branches nationwide, part of the CIIA national branch network, CIC seeks to advance research, discussion and debate on international issues by supporting a Canadian foreign policy network that crosses academic disciplines, policy areas, and economic sectors. The CIC will feature a privately funded fellowship program, supported by a network of issue-specific working groups. Carefully selected CIC fellows will focus on important foreign policy issues, working out of universities and research institutions across the country. The CIC was founded in 2007 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion).

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