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Critical Minerals in the Arctic: Forging the Path Forward

On July 12 and 13, the Wilson Center, in partnership with the University of Alaska, Department of Energy's Arctic Energy Office, and RAND Corporation, hosted a two-day dialogue on critical minerals in the North American Arctic. The dialogue developed policy recommendations for development of critical mineral resources in the Arctic in the context of US national security, energy, climate, and technology goals.

Date & Time

Jul. 13, 2023
1:15pm – 4:30pm ET


Online Only


This dialogue was solutions-oriented, and produced actionable policy and investment recommendations. There were three distinct elements of the agenda: six individual working sessions, focusing on community ownership, financing, infrastructure, regulatory frameworks, supply chains, and workforce development; a tabletop exercise quantifying risk prioritization in minerals development, and three public keynote sessions. 

Proceedings from the tabletop exercise and briefs from the working sessions will be publicly available once finalized.

This dialogue built upon the inaugural August 2022 conference, entitled Alaska's Minerals: A Strategic National Imperative, hosted by the University of Alaska, US Arctic Research Commission, and Wilson Center.

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Hosted By

Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Canada Institute

The mission of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute is to raise the level of knowledge of Canada in the United States, particularly within the Washington, DC policy community.  Research projects, initiatives, podcasts, and publications cover contemporary Canada, US-Canadian relations, North American political economy, and Canada's global role as it intersects with US national interests.  Read more

Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition

The Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition works to shape conversations and inspire meaningful action to strengthen technology, trade, infrastructure, and energy as part of American economic and global leadership that benefits the nation and the world.  Read more

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