Ayse Akyildiz Awarded NSF Fellowship to Attend a Workshop

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Ayse Akyildiz has received a fully-funded National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellowship to attend a workshop in Washington D.C. on October 20-21. She is among the four fellows to receive the fellowship. The workshop organized by NSF is titled “Strategic Ambition and Environmental Constraint: a Conference-Workshop on the Impact of Rapid Environmental Degradation on the Security Strategies of Arctic States”, and will feature two dozen experts on Arctic environmental issues, Arctic security, and global threat assessment and strategy—discussing the collision of geopolitical rivalry with rapid environmental change.  

The topics will include:  

  • Permafrost thaw impacts;  

  • Petroleum, pollution, and public health;  

  • Cascading environmental disaster; 

  • Russia’s Arctic assertion;  

  • NATO’s new Arctic objectives;  

  • Scenarios of confrontation;  

  • Perils of polar naval operations;  

  • Cooperation on environmental incidents;  

  • Climate change and security; 

  • Sustainable Arctic development;  

  • Human security in the warming Arctic.