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Day 2: Wilson Center-Arctic Circle Forum

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The Global Arctic: Opportunities and Challenges

Building on the June 21 sessions focused on the U.S. and Russia in the Arctic, this set of panels explored two areas of critical importance to the Arctic states and the global community. Experts shared perspectives on key priorities for economic development in the Arctic and on the challenges and needs for cooperation to ensure international support in Arctic waters.

The complete agenda for Day 1 can be found here>>>


8:25-             Welcome: Mike Sfraga, Director, Polar Initiative, Wilson Center
8:30 AM

8:30-             Keynote: President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
8:45 AM


8:45-                Investing for a Sustainable Arctic Future: The Role of the Arctic
10:15 AM        Economic Council   


The recently formed Arctic Economic Council (AEC) works to facilitate responsible and sustainable business and economic development of the Arctic and its communities. What are the environmental and social challenges of meeting economic development in the Arctic? And how should Arctic investments be considered alongside developing trade policies? 

Price E. Brower, Chairman of the Board of Directors, UIC
Roger-Mark de Souza, Director, Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center
Kristina Woolston, Vice President for External Relations, Quintillion
Drue Pearce, Director, Government Affairs, Holland & Hart and Former Alaska Senate President
Facilitated by Tero Vauraste, President & CEO, Arctia and Chairman, Arctic Economic Council

10:15-           Coffee Break
10:30 AM


10:30am       Operational Safety and Security in Arctic Waters

Rapid changes in Arctic sea ice cover, climate and new opportunities for shipping, resource extraction, fishing, and illicit traffic in Arctic seas call for an international dialog on shared operational capabilities and responsibilities. A group of leading experts will present on opportunities to enhance domain awareness in Arctic seas to promote shared safety and security. Discussion on the needs for enhanced infrastructure will focus on whether ice breaking capacity and operational regimes,  and supporting port infrastructure and facilities are sufficient. What is the efficacy of key regulatory regimes such as the Polar Code and the Arctic Council agreements on search and rescue and oil spill prevention and response preparedness?

Lawson Brigham, Distinguished Fellow & Faculty, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Jeremy T. Mathis, Director, NOAA Arctic Research Program 
Desmond Raymond, Regional Director, Marine Safety and Security, Transport Canada
Mead Treadwell, Co-Chair, Polar Initiative, Wilson Center and President, PT Capital and former Lt. Governor, Alaska
Tero Vauraste, President & CEO, Arctia and Chairman, Arctic Economic Council
Facilitated by Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Wilson Center and former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense

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06-22-2016 Arctic Circle Forum Day 2