The Arctic has unequivocally emerged as an area of global interest. For the expanding number of communities, governments, and industries with stakes in the present and future of the region, opportunities, challenges, and complexities abound.

The Wilson Center is pleased to announce the Month of the Arctic, a series of high-level, multi-faceted public events from May 29 to June 29. Featuring experts from several Arctic nations, industry leaders, and policymakers, the series is hosted by the Polar Initiative as part of its work to analyze and address the full range of Arctic dynamics.

Month of the Arctic events will be held in partnership with the Embassy of Finland, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Arctic Frontiers, the Representation of the Government of Greenland, the U.S. National Guard, and others.

Please see below for preliminary details. This page will be updated regularly as agendas are confirmed.

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Tuesday, May 29: Finland's Chairmanship of the Arctic Council: Exploring Common Solutions in Arctic Meteorology

The Embassy of Finland, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, and the Polar Initiative convene a broad range of experts to explore the current state of Arctic meteorology and the future needs of the scientific community. This event also considers Finland’s 2017-2019 chairmanship of the Arctic Council and its focus on shared opportunities and common solutions to challenges.

Friday, June 8: The Future of Arctic Cooperation in a Changing Strategic Environment: A Report by RAND

The Polar Initiative hosts the release of RAND’s new report, titled “The Future of Arctic Cooperation in a Changing Strategic Environment: Insights from a Scenario-Based Exercise Organized by RAND and Hosted by NUPI.”

Monday, June 11: Space Technology for a Smart and Resilient Arctic

The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Arctic Frontiers, and the Polar Initiative convene experts from private industry, academia, government, and northern communities to focus on the role of satellite technologies in support of Arctic populations and for research.  

Wednesday, June 20: Perspectives on the Future Greenland: A Discussion with Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary and Head of Representation for Greenland at the Danish Embassy

Friday, June 29: The U.S. National Guard’s Arctic Interest Council: The National Guard Arctic Interest Council (NG AIC) is composed of General Officers representing states with mission responsibilities for Arctic and cold-weather operations. General Officers from several states discuss the evolution and mission of the NG AIC and share collective goals and strategies.

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