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Research Topics

Actors and patterns of cooperation and conflict
Russia, Norway and the High North - Past, Present, Future
The United States in the 21 Century Arctic
Defining an Interest: The European Union and the High North
The Power of Energy
Law of the Sea and Ocean Governance
Climate Change and Environmental Protection

The United States in the 21 century Arctic

Summer 2011: CSIS hosts two events focusing on different Arctic issues.

29 June: the discussion Arctic horizons: views from the Departments of Defence and State on future opportunities in the Arctic. The discussion features Ambassador David A. Balton, deputy assistant secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries, and Amanda Dory, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Strategy. Moderator: Heather Conley, director of CSIS' Europe Program

12 July: the conference  Arctic oil and gas developments. This is the final session in its Impacts of the Gulf Oil Spill Series, which will evaluate the development of Arctic oil and gas resources. The conference will examine several key issue areas including: the state of play in development plans and activities in each of the Arctic countries, oil spill risks, and the possibilities for international cooperation to reduce the risk of major accidents and contain accidents that do occur. See the agenda.

Panel Discussions will cover

  • Development and Infrastructure Options in Alaska's Arctic and Market Challenges
  • International Arctic Resource Developments and Opportunities
  • Environmental Challenges for Arctic Development
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senior Republican Member, U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Frances Ulmer, Chair, U.S. Arctic Research Commission



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