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Navigating Northward: The Geopolitics of the Arctic Arena

2023 Global Conference

Navigating Northward: The Geopolitics of the Arctic Arena

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM PDT
Beverly Hilton - California Terrace

The Arctic is an arena of global consequence to economic prosperity, geostrategic competition, and climate change. The High North may offer shorter maritime routes between ports in Asia and North America and Northern Europe, and the Arctic region holds significant reserves of minerals, fossil fuels, and fisheries. However, Russia’s deepening militarization and isolation—as well as increasingly dependent relationship with China, which has stated its intentions to participate in Arctic governance—stands to skew regional cooperation. Thus, the work of intergovernmental forums like the Arctic Council, which seeks to promote collaboration between regional stakeholders and Arctic Indigenous peoples on common Arctic issues, has become more critical than ever. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities ahead as we navigate a time of immense uncertainty in the Arctic region.

Moderator
Ronnie Wiessbrod
Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Advisor, Knowledge Universe
Speakers
Rob Gillam
CEO and Chief Investment Officer, McKinley Management, LLC
Rebecca Pincus
Director, Polar Institute, Wilson Center
H.E. Jari Vilén
Ambassador for Barents and Northern Dimension, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland