America’s Arctic Economic Ambitions: Opportunities and Limitations
In Partnership with the Senate Arctic Caucus
8:00 a.m. Registration and Light Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
- Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Co-Chair, Senate Arctic Caucus
- Senator Angus King (I-ME), Co-Chair, Senate Arctic Caucus
9:00 a.m. Panel Discussion: Economic, Commercial, and Infrastructure Initiatives in the American Arctic
- Dr. Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior
- Stephen M. Carmel, Senior Vice President, Maritime Services, Maersk Line, Limited (MLL)
- Tara Sweeney, Former Chair, Arctic Economic Council; Executive Vice President, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
- Dana Eidsness, Director, Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO), Maine International Trade Center
- Moderated by: Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Stuart Center, CSIS
Does significant physical change in the Arctic, represented by receding glaciers, rapidly changing ecosystems, and diminishing sea ice, translate into significantly new economic opportunities? Are Arctic economics hype or real? How is the United States preparing for a more commercially accessible and potentially economically viable Arctic? Our keynote speakers and subsequent panel will discuss the opportunities and limitations confronting economic, commercial, and infrastructure initiatives in this resource-rich and heightened risk environment.
This conversation is made possible by support from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.