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The Wilson Center's Asia Program and Polar Institute, along with the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, hosted a two-day forum entitled Asian Interests and the Path Forward in the New Arctic. With a multitude of common interests and prospects for cooperation in the Arctic, the forum convened representatives, scholars, and experts from Japan, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, and the United States to share their countries' unique Arctic interests and policies.

This document summarizes the themes of each keynote and panel presentation, and includes particularly salient points made by speakers. Video recaps of each speakers' comments are hyperlinked within their panel.

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