Thursday, October 1, 2020



Engaging Arctic Nations: A Conversation with Security Leaders on Strengthening Arctic Security Cooperation

Are nations paying enough attention to climate change and Arctic security? Do military and other security interests of the Arctic nations align? Are current domestic and international political, security, economic and diplomatic structures sufficient to address looming cross-border Arctic threats and opportunities? A panel of security experts will discuss how security apparatuses and Arctic governments can better engage with each other to advance security policy in the face of climate change’s existential threat.


Ms. Alexandra A.K. Meise, Senior Fellow, Center for Ethics and the Rule Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School


Mr. Björn Fagerberg, Head of Political Section, Embassy of Sweden

Hon. Sherri Goodman, Secretary General, International Military Council on Climate & Security; Senior Fellow, Polar Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center; former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security)

GEN (Ret.) Joseph Votel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Business Executives for National Security (BENS); fmr. Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and U.S. Special Operations Command 



Communicating the Climate Change Security Threat:
Are We Using Effective Language?

Despite 97% of climate scientists agreeing that the last century’s global warming trends are likely due to manmade activity, 38% of Americans do not acknowledge that mankind’s actions contribute to climate change. Is there a messaging problem? Does “climate change” need a “rebrand” to be taken seriously by more people, especially decision-makers? What could/should national security, scientific, and political leaders be doing to convey the severity of climate threats to the general public and decision-makers?


Prof. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication and Director of Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania

Featured speaker:

Prof. Asheley Landrum, Assistant Professor, College of Media & Communication, Texas Tech University

Featured speakers via pre-recordings:

Asst Prof. Bruce Hardy, Department of Communication and Social Influence, Klein College of Media and Communication,Temple University

Prof. Matthew Nisbet, Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

Prof. Dietram Scheufele, Taylor-Bascom Chair in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Affiliate, Morgridge Institute for Research


Saturday, October 3, 2020



Morning Coffee Talk on U.S. Arctic Strategy with Senator Angus King

Conversation with:

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME), Co-Chair, Arctic Caucus

Prof. Claire Finkelstein, Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, Faculty Director, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School



The Rule of Law? Maximizing Hard and Soft Law Arctic Governance

This session will consider the current and future state of hard and soft Arctic governance mechanisms – including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), treaties, and the Arctic Council – and their ability to advance strategic physical and economic security objectives in the region.


Amb. David Balton, Senior Fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Center; fmr. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries


Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough, Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council; Senior Scholar and Special Adviser on Arctic Indigenous Peoples, University of Alaska Anchorage

Dr. Lassi Heininen, Professor of Arctic Politics, University of Lapland; Editor of Arctic Yearbook

Hon. Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Head of Representation for Greenland