The University of Southern Maine (USM) hosted panelists Edward Struzik, of Queen's University in Canada and the director of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, and Tomas Orri Ragnarsson, an Arctic Affairs counselor in the Directorate for International and Security Affairs of Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, to discuss the future of the Arctic. USM's Associate Professor of Political Science Francesca Vassallo moderated the panel discussion on October 4, 2016.
Though the Arctic region has been extensively explored, the rapid melting of sea ice has transformed the top of the world into a navigable—and exploitable—body of water. King noted that it took “a thousand years of wars” to settle conflicts in the Mediterranean region, and expressed hope that this would not be the case with the Arctic.
Former Icelandic President Olafur Grimson helped transform Iceland into a nimble, self-reliant, prosperous global leader during his time in office from 1996-2016.
Hear him discuss how Maine can thrive in a changing climate and a changing world this Wednesday at USM, along with Senator Angus S. King, Jr., Paul Mayewski from the University of Maine Climate Change Institute and Patrick Arnold, founder and CEO of the New England Ocean Cluster. Register today!
Additional remarks and conversation with:
U.S. Senator Angus King
Paul Mayewski, Ph.D., Explorer, Glaciologist, and Climate Scientist
Patrick Arnold, Founder and CEO, New England Ocean Cluster
When: Wednesday October 26, 2016
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm