Taking the Helm: Chairing The Arctic Council


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

As the U.S. takes the helm as Chair of the Arctic Council for the next two years, it is an opportunity for both national and international leadership beyond the EEZ and for local leadership as Arctic policy meets Alaska state policy. The U.S. has laid out an aggressive agenda for the Council, including search and rescue exercises, emergency response preparedness, environmental protection measures, climate risks and adaptation, and a regional seas program in the Arctic Ocean. CHOW will examine how the U.S. leadership and the many stakeholders with interests in the region are preparing for the future in the Arctic.


Ambassador David A. Balton
Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State


The Honorable Lisa Murkowski
U.S. Senate, Alaska and Co-Chair, U.S. Senate Oceans Caucus

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Ret.)
U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, U.S. Department of State and 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

Lawson W. Brigham, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Lisa Speer
Director, International Oceans, Natural Resources Defense Council

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