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EXTERNAL EVENT | Alaska's Minerals: A Strategic National Imperative

A two-day conference hosted by the University of Alaska, in partnership with the Wilson Center and US Arctic Research Commission, focused on critical minerals in Alaska.


Aug. 22 – 23, 2022
12:30pm – 9:30pm ET


University of Alaska


Alaska’s mineral resources are key to both national security and the nation’s economy and clean energy goals. With this in mind, the University of Alaska is hosting a two-day summit for policy makers, agency representatives and industry leadership to discuss Alaska’s potential and the steps needed to fulfill that potential.

Monday’s sessions will focus on national needs for critical minerals, Alaska’s investment climate and an overview of Alaska’s critical minerals resources. Tuesday’s sessions will take a closer look at current research in Alaska related to critical minerals and industry needs for development, including workforce and infrastructure.

The Wilson Center is pleased to partner with the University of Alaska to provide a free livestream of the sessions.

Click here to register for the virtual livestream, and click here to register for the in-person event. For more information about the conference, including the agenda and list of speakers, please visit

Moderators include:

Mike Sfraga, Chair, U.S. Arctic Commission; Chair, Polar Institute, Wilson Center

DNR Acting Commissioner Akis Gialopsos, Acting Commissioner

Speakers include:

Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator

Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senator

Mike Dunleavy, Governor of Alaska

David Applegate, US Geological Survey

Steve Douglas, Alliance for Automotive Innovation

Halimah Najeb-Locke, Department of Defense

Hosted By

Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

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