The New Arctic: Navigating the Realities, Possibilities, and Challenges

March 19, 2019, 2:30-4:00pm (RSVP requested)
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Join the Polar Institute at the Wilson Center for a discussion of challenges facing the Arctic region. It is well established that the Arctic is warming at an alarming rate and, as a result, the region has and will continue to experience dramatic changes, including: opportunities and challenges to Arctic and Indigenous communities, an increase in Arctic Ocean shipping activities, expanded opportunities for resource development and the potential for conflict in what has been a region with low military tensions. Additionally, non-Arctic states have increased their interest and activities in the area, further underscoring the importance of the new global Arctic. RSVP is requested.


Michael Sfraga (moderator), director, Global Sustainability and Resilience Program; director, Polar Institute

Barbara Bodine, director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University

Sherri Goodman, senior fellow, Wilson Center; former U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security)

Dr. Jeremy T. Mathis, adjunct professor of environmental policy, Georgetown University

Kelly McFarland, director of programs and research, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University