On a recent five-month stint in Iceland, Becca Pincus
gathered an earful of off-the-record information from
current and retired Icelandic diplomats about different
periods in the U.S.-Iceland relationship. On a Fulbright
grant supported by the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, she researched power dynamics in the Arctic
region between large and small countries, and taught at
the University of Iceland. Her research focused on “how
Iceland as a small state seeks to influence the U.S. I also
studied differences in the formulation and pursuit of
Arctic foreign policy objectives between large and small
states, using the U.S.-Iceland comparison,” Pincus says.
Part of her role in supporting the Coast Guard’s
strategic objectives in the Arctic region is to expand
partnerships. “I try to connect the Coast Guard with
academic and nongovernmental communities, in
particular the Arctic community of scholars and
stakeholders,” says Pincus, a civilian Coast Guard
employee. She’s teaching at the academy, in New
London, Conn., in a two-year, rotating-chair position.
In addition to conducting research on Arctic security
issues, she teaches Arctic policy, maritime policy
and environmental policy.