When: September 12, 2023 12:00-1:00pm ET

Where: Zoom

Language: English

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Once a symbol of international cooperation and peace, the Arctic now stands at a crossroads between geopolitical tension and diverse opportunities and challenges that require collaboration. Following Russia's actions in Ukraine and subsequent shifts in Arctic governance, how will nations advance significant policy issues, such as climate science and emergency response, without a functioning governance system?

Harvard Kennedy School’s Arctic Initiative, the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), the Center for Ocean Governance at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and the Wilson Center's Polar Institute will host a discussion with a panel of international experts to unpack the Arctic's intricate challenges and their global ramifications, from international politics to climate impacts. Q&A to follow.


David Balton, Executive Director, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, White House

Svein Vigeland Rottem, Senior Researcher, Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Elana Wilson Rowe, Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Fran Ulmer, Senior Fellow, Arctic Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Jennifer Spence, Senior Fellow, Arctic Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School (Moderator)

The seminar will be recorded and available to watch on the Arctic Initiative’s YouTube channel.

To request accommodations or for questions about access, please contact Elizabeth Hanlon (ehanlon@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.