Arctic Report September 7, 2016

The House subcommittees for Coast Guard & Marine Transportation and Water Resources & Environment held a joint hearing on Sept. 7 to discuss the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Coast Guard maritime navigation programs and initiatives.
The hearing focused on charting, accurate navigational aids, and the potential rise of “e-navigation.” New electronic navigation technologies could change maritime transportation functions dramatically, and also pose new risks to the system.

Arctic Report August 4, 2016

Susan “Sudie” Hargis, Tribal Liaison for the U.S. Coast Guard’s 17th District (Alaska), spoke about tribal relations in Alaska—relating specifically to incident response, search and rescue, and subsistence hunting—as part of a speaker series sponsored by the Committee on Marine Transportation System in Washington D.C. on Aug. 4.
Hargis described the history and complex nature of government-tribal relations in Alaska.

Arctic Report July 20, 2016

The North Slope Borough Oil & Gas Forum provided the borough, the oil industry, and government regulators with an opportunity to have informed and facilitated conversations about how to achieve mutual priorities while far north petroleum projects are developed. 
The borough hosted the forum in Anchorage on July 20-22 and invited a wide range of individuals to both speak at the event and participate in the breakout sessions.  The format was for the speakers to present information about forum topics and then have breakout sessions to explore them in more detail. 

Arctic Report July 13, 2016

Policy leaders, tech industry experts and other executives met to discuss the critical need for high-speed broadband across the circumpolar Arctic at the Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit in Barrow, Alaska in July.
The summit included presentations ranging from the government’s role in broadband development and expansion to the latest news about the Quintillion Subsea Cable Project, in which the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) is a minority partner.

Roll Call Presents Arctic Offshore Investment: Perspectives on the Development

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Council on Foreign Relations Expert Discussion on National Security Risks in the Changing Arctic

June 9, 2016 – Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, DC Speakers: Mark F. BrzezinskiExecutive Director, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, The White House Lisa Murkowski, Chairman, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senate (R-AK) Robert J. Papp Jr., Special Representative to the Arctic, U.S. Department of State This webinar on Next Generation Ecosystems Experiments-Arctic as a Case Study  […]

How Oil and Gas Development Impacts Local Governments and Communities

May 18, 2016 – Resources for the Future, Washington, DC Experts at this seminar explored key issues facing local governments given oil and gas development has increased substantially in the U.S. over the past decade. — Please subscribe or sign in to read the full story.

A Conversation with Arctic Youth Ambassador Esau Sinnok

May 16, 2016 – U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental & Scientific Affairs’ (OES) Office of Oceans & Polar Affairs hosted a conversation on May 16 with one of the 22 U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassadors.  The ambassadors program was started by the U.S. State Department, the Alaska Region […]

One Arctic: U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

April 27-28, 2016 – The Wilson Center, Washington, D.C. The World Policy Institute’s Arctic in Context initiative, in collaboration with Trent University, the University of Washington, and the Woodrow Wilson Center, hosted a two-day symposium exploring the concept of “One Arctic” from the point of view of the U.S. agenda, and how it fits into […]

Senate Energy & Natural Resources hearing on the U.S. Geological Survey

April 7, 2016 – Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. In her opening statement, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said her committee had not conducted a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) direct oversight hearing, outside of the nominations process, for a long time, and many important and relevant issues are open for exploration. — Please subscribe or […]