As we approach the height of summer, the time of year many associate with hot and humid weather, backyard barbecues, and family vacations, we at Proceedings decided to turn our gaze north, to considerably cooler climes, and take an in-depth look at the Arctic. That might seem odd at first glance, but make no mistake, there is a lot going on in the region, and we’d do well to pay close attention. Arctic ice reached its lowest recorded level in 2012, and the warmer temperatures have led to an increase in maritime activity there as more nations explore the possibility of alternate shipping routes. When the United States announced its pivot to Asia last year, one of the immediate questions was whether the Pacific would become an arena for conflict or a hub of cooperation. The same can be asked about the Arctic, and that theme runs through much of our coverage this month.