The “Greenland Dialogues” is a series of planning meetings, workshops, and public programs convened by the Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative focusing on the future of Greenland. After the inaugural public meeting in the series, we spoke with Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Greenland’s first diplomatic representative to the U.S., about his nation’s possible pathways to full independence as well as its attempts to create economic growth and its important geographic and political position in global affairs.


Inuuteq Holm Olsen is Minister Plenipotentiary and Head of Representation for Greenland in the Danish Embassy. Prior to coming to Washington, he served at the Danish Foreign Ministry as Senior Adviser for Greenland and Arctic Affairs. He has served as Deputy Minister for the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Greenland, July 2006 – end of 2012 (Acting Deputy Minister since December 2004). He began his career at the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1996 and was Private Secretary to the Premier from 1997 through 1999. He was posted at the Danish Foreign Ministry in Copenhagen and was at the Greenland Representation in Brussels from 2000 through 2003. He thereafter returned to Nuuk to be Head of Department at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Minister Olsen holds a BA in political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a MA in international affairs from The George Washington University.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.