The EastWest Institute will host “Uranium Extraction in the Arctic: Challenges and Opportunities for Greenland and Denmark,” a seminar with Dr. Cindy Vestergaard, a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Proliferation Prevention Program in Washington D.C. She will discuss Greenland’s potential to become one of the world’s top 10 uranium suppliers and the domestic and international policy challenges this opportunity presents, on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at its New York Center.
As Arctic ice coverage recedes at a record pace, the Arctic’s abundant gas, oil and mineral resources are increasingly accessible and open to exploration. With the recent announcement by Greenland’s Self-Government to repeal a 25-year ban on uranium extraction, Greenland stands poised to take advantage of the world’s fifth largest reserve of uranium. This will pose significant challenges for the Danish government as Denmark has all but forgone the nuclear fuel cycle. Greenland and Denmark therefore must work together to develop a regulatory and export control system from the ground up.
Vestergaard is also a researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and previously worked at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).
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