The Fletcher School Opening Arctic Conference

2015: Resolving the Arctic Paradox

The conference took place Monday to Tuesday, 13-14 April, at the Fletcher School and Tufts University. 

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Warming Arctic IV Conference Team

Monday - 13 April 2015

 12:30 pm
Crowe Room

Informal Brown Bag Lunch: Conservation on the High Seas
Kristina Gjerde, IUCN
Prof. Paul A. Berkman, University of California, Santa Barbara

 3:30 - 3:45 pm
ASEAN Auditorium

Welcoming Remarks
Dean James Stavridis, Professor William Moomaw

3:50 - 4:10 pm
Presidential Keynote
H.E. President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland
4:15 - 5:15 pm

Panel: Rising Stars: Young Arctic Energy Researchers
Introduction by Arctic Circle Assembly Secretariat
Moderator: Dr. Henry Lee, Harvard University

5:20pm - 5:30 pm
Partnership Ceremony
5:35 - 5:55 pm Keynote
Ambassador David Balton, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Oceans and Fisheries
6:00 - 6:20 pm
Dr. John Holdren, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy,
Chair, U.S. Arctic Executive Committee

6:20 - 7:00 pm
Hall of Flags

7:00 pm
Coolidge Room,
Ballou Hall

Dinner (by invitation)
Speaker: Erika Larsen - Sami: The People Who Walk with Reindeer

Tuesday - 14 April 2015

8:30 - 9:00 am
Coolidge Room,
Ballou Hall

(light breakfast served)

9:00 - 9:15 am

Morning Welcome
Professor Alan K. Henrikson, Director of Diplomatic Studies, The Fletcher School

9:15 - 10:45 am

Panel: Warming Arctic, Hot Science! Above, On and Under the Ice
Moderator: Heather Goldstone, WGBH Science Editor

10:40 - 10:45 am
10:55 - 12:15 pm

Panel: Consensus Building or Zero-Sum Game?
Moderator: Professor Alan K. Henrikson

12:15 - 1:15 pm


1:30 - 2:45 pm Panel: Navigating 'Leads': Mare Incognitum?
Moderator: Professor Rockford Weitz
2:45 - 2:50 pm Coffee
2:50 - 4:10 pm Panel: Thawing Assets: Opportunities and Risks for Business
4:15 - 5:00 pm Panel: Shrinking Ice, Expanding Responsibility
Moderator: Crocker Snow Jr.
5:00 pm End Game: Rafe Pomerance, Arctic 21
The Last Word: Professor William Moomaw

Confirmed Speakers included

  • President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland
  • Brigadier General Flemming Kent Vesterby Agerskov, Danish Army
  • Ambassador David Balton, Ambassador to Oceans and Fisheries, US Department of State
  • Professor Paul A. Berkman, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Professor Rasmus Bertelsen, UIT – The Arctic University of Norway
  • Professor Lawson Brigham, University Alaska, Fairbanks
  • Joel Clement, Director, Office of Policy Analysis, US Department of the Interior
  • Blaine Collins, VP of Group Government and Public Affairs, DNV-GL
  • Professor Stephen Colt, University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Dana Eidsness, Director, Maine North Atlantic Development Office, MITC
  • Professor Bruce Forbes, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi
  • Lee Freitag, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Hollis French, Alaska State Senate
  • Dr. Kristina Gjerde, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Heather Goldstone, Science Editor, WGBH/WCAI public radio
  • Professor John K. Hall, Owner, Blodgett-Hall Polar Presence, Geol. Survey of Israel (ret.)
  • Dr. Peter Harrison, Queen’s University, Ontario
  • Professor Alan K. Henrikson, The Fletcher School, Director of Diplomatic Studies
  • Dr. John P. Holdren, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Erika Larsen, Photographer
  • Dr. Henry Lee, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Halla Hrund Logadottir, Director, Iceland School of Energy, Reykjavik University.
  • William Moomaw, Professor emeritus The Fletcher School, Founding Director of CIERP
  • Dr. Susan Natali, Woods Hole Research Center
  • Rafe Pomerance, Director, Arctic 21, former Deputy Secretary Environment and Development US State Department
  • Gary Rasicot, Director Marine Transportation Systems, United States Coast Guard
  • Crocker Snow, Jr., former Director of the Murrow Center at The Fletcher School, author
  • Admiral James Stavridis USN (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, Dean of the Fletcher School
  • Dr. Fiamma Straneo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Christian Syse, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Professor David VanderZwaag, Dalhousie University, Halifax
  • Professor Rockford Weitz, The Fletcher School, Maritime Studies
  • Rising Stars: Young Arctic Energy Researchers
    Easwaran Narassimhan – The Fletcher School
    Zhu Liu – Harvard Kennedy School
    Sarah Sternberg – Iceland School of Energy