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David Balton on Establishing an International Marine Science Organization

December 8, 2018

During a Q&A session at the Arctic Circle Korea Forum, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries of the U.S. State Department and Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials Ambassador David Balton floated the idea of establishing an international marine science organization for the Central Arctic Ocean.


Ambassador David Balton

Ambassador David Balton

Executive Director, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, Office of Science & Technology Policy, White House; former Senior Fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Center
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