Management of the circumpolar South and North under conditions of rapid political, social and environmental change poses comparable challenges to Antarctic and Arctic states. This project is advancing an under-developed yet crucial understanding of reciprocal lessons from the Arctic to identify future strategic challenges in the Antarctic.

CASPR has facilitated dialogue among academics, policy-makers, defence experts and scientists to identify the nature of similar challenges for managing maritime operations and national interests in the Antarctic, as acknowledged in the 2016 Defence White Paper.

Taking a clear, long-term view for defence decision making and planning, our project has involved leading Antarctic and Arctic interdisciplinary geostrategic experts from Australia, Canada, US, UK, Finland and Sweden to address this absence. It has turned dialogue, capacity-building and consultation into publications and audio-visual resources designed to increase the Department of Defence’s strategic policy workforce capacity to deliver high quality advice to Defence and Government leadership.

More information, including a series of videos highlighting the insights of polar policy experts, is available here.