Can the United States and its allies cooperate with Russia, China and other Asian nations during times of tense relations — or will cooperation on common interests in the Arctic succumb to the more familiar geopolitical tensions of the Cold War era? Vice Admiral Charles Michel, the Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, delivered a keynote speech on the Arctic Coast Guard Forum, recently established to promote maritime safety and security cooperation in the Arctic. Following VAdm. Michel’s presentation, a panel of experts discussed the progress in the next challenge facing cooperation in the Arctic region: the negotiation of a binding agreement on science cooperation in the Arctic.
What: Keynote by Vice Admiral Charles Michel on the newly established Arctic Coast Guard Forum followed by a panel discussion on the development of a Binding Agreement on Science Cooperation in the Arctic.
Keynote: Vice Admiral Charles Michel, Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
Panel on Science Cooperation in the Arctic:
RAdm. Jonathan White, USN (Ret) – President and CEO, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Evan Bloom, Director, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US Dept. of State and Vice Chair of the Arctic Council’s Science Cooperation Task Force
Kelly Falkner, Director of the Division of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation and Head of the US Delegation to the Science Cooperation Task Force
David Michel, Non-Resident Fellow, Environmental Security Program, Stimson Center
Caitlyn Antrim (Moderator), Executive Director of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans