Helping the Arctic Council Find Its True North

What Ambitious Initiatives Can the United States Lead When Secretary Kerry Takes on the Arctic Council Chairmanship in 2015?

By any metric, climate change is the key driver of growing commercial interests in the Arctic and serious environmental and economic risks in the region and globally. As the incoming Arctic Council chairman, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has an opportunity to set an Arctic agenda aimed at reducing heat-trapping emissions in and beyond the region, conserving invaluable Arctic marine and coastal ecosystems, and promoting a peaceful, secure, and sustainable Arctic.

The Center for American Progress is pleased to invite you to a dialogue with Admiral Robert J. Papp and other thought leaders on U.S. Arctic policy priorities during the U.S. Arctic Council chairmanship and beyond. Admiral Papp was recently appointed by Secretary Kerry to serve as the U.S. special representative for the Arctic.

Welcoming remarks:
Greg Dotson, Vice President, Energy Policy, Center for American Progress

Featured speaker:
Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic

Sherri Goodman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, CNA Corporation;
Executive Director, CNA Military Advisory Board

Rafe Pomerance, Climate Strategies Consultant; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Development; Member, Polar Research Board, National Academy of Sciences
Ambassador Peter Taks√łe-Jansen, Danish Ambassador to the United States

Moderated by:
Cathleen Kelly, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


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Breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m.