Iceland and the Arctic: Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2019-2021

There will be a webcast of this event

Iceland assumed the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council on May 7, 2019, and will lead the international, consensus-driven organization through 2021. Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, will present an overview of the country’s Arctic Council Chairmanship agenda, Arctic policy, national interests, and perspectives on the shared opportunities and challenges facing a region undergoing dramatic change. 

Please join the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute and Global Risk and Resilience Program, and the Embassy of Iceland in Washington D.C. for this important foreign policy speech.

Note: Another Wilson Center event is occurring in the Flom Auditorium from 9:00am to 2:15pm, and reconvening from 3:45pm until 5:00pm. When you arrive, please reside in the designated overflow room until Wilson Center staff direct you to the Auditorium. Upon completion of the Polar Institute event, please promptly exit the Auditorium and 6th Floor Atrium so attendees of the other Wilson Center event can reenter the Auditorium. We appreciate your cooperation.




  • Michael Sfraga

    Director, Global Risk and Resilience Program and Director, Polar Institute