The Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released an expert comment after six non-Arctic states were granted permanent observer status at the recent ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in Kiruna, Sweden. The authors part of the MISTRA Arctic Futures project based at SIPRI: “The Arctic Council’s ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Sweden, this week highlighted the global interest in the Arctic region. The fact that six non-Arctic states—China, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore—were granted permanent observer status indicates an opening up of the Council to the world and signifies a breakthrough that rejects ideas of Arctic isolationism. In particular, the Council’s deeper engagement will encourage China to pay serious attention to legitimate environmental concerns pertaining to shipping and possible resource exploration in the fragile Arctic environment. Read the full comment on the SIPRI newsletter.