The 2018 Arctic Conference

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

This is a past event.

Caruso Catholic Center, Newman Hall
844 W. 32nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90007

What: A two day conference on Arctic affairs. Join distinguished Arctic scholars from all of the Arctic Council Member States for discussions on Arctic Security and Governance, Maritime Activity, Human Security and the future of Arctic Policy. USC Professors participating include William Berelson, Robert English, James Fawcett, Karla Heidelberg, Matthew Kahn, Steven Lamy, and Jonathan Markowitz.
When: Wednesday, April 11 & Thursday, April 12 (schedule below)
Where: USC Caruso Catholic Center

All are welcome to attend.

Students are not required to attend the entire time to RSVP, as they will likely have class.
Contact: Heidi Ippolito

Hosted By: the Task Force on Global and Political Studies of the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and co-sponsored by the USC Sea Grant Program and the USC Paul Hall Endowment for Marine Transportation Studies.


DAY 1 (April 11)

Welcome & Opening Remarks (9:00am – 9:15am)

  • Steven Lamy and James Fawcett

Panel 1 (9:15am – 10:30am) Major Arctic Challenges

  • William Berelson: Climate Change in the Arctic: An Oceanographic Perspective
  • Karla Heidelberg: Climate Change in the Arctic: A Biological Perspective
  • Matthew Kahn: Economic Concerns in the Arctic Region (and outside) Resulting from Climate Change

Panel 2 (10:45am – 12:45pm) Arctic Security

  • Jonathan Markowitz: Arctic Shock: Utilizing Climate Change to Test Theory of Resource Competition
  • Robert English: The "Icebreaker Gap” and Other Cold War Narratives in a Warming Arctic
  • Ekaterina Klimenko: Russia-China Cooperation in the Arctic: Opportunities and Constraints
  • Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen: Clausewitz on Ice: Thinking Strategically about the Arctic

BREAK (independent lunch) 12:45pm – 1:45pm

Panel 3 (1:45pm – 3:30pm) Arctic Shipping, Transportation and Tourism

  • Jussi Huotari: The Future of the Barents Sea in the Period Global Energy Transition
  • Edward Huijbens: Arctic Allure: Tourism Development Issues in the Arctic
  • Captain Edward Page: Protecting Alaska’s Arctic Maritime Frontier
  • James Fawcett: The Changing Climate of Arctic Shipping


DAY 2 (April 12)

Panel 1 (9:00am – 11:00am) Arctic Governance

  • Maria Ackrén: Indigenous Voices in the Arctic Council
  • Adam Stepien: The Arctic Council’s Interaction with Global Normative Frameworks: Is There a New Dynamic Under the Finnish Chairmanship?
  • Jessica Shadian: The Gaping Infrastructure Deficit: Conventional Security, Human Security, and Indigenous Communities in the North American Arctic
  • Lassi Heininen: The Environment Matters: Environmental Degradation Redefining Arctic Geopolitics & Security

Panel 2 (11:15am – 12:15pm) Arctic Peoples and Human Security

  • Gunhild Hoogensen: Arctic Exceptionalism Contested: Exploring Arctic Human Insecurities Through Intersectionality
  • Laura Olsén: Human Security and Arctic Indigenous Peoples: Perspectives of the Sámi Reindeer Herding Communities
  • Barry Zellen (presented by Steven Lamy): State Expansion, Constitutional Integration, and Political Stability in the Arctic: Internal Foundations of Arctic Security

BREAK (independent lunch) 12:15pm – 1:15pm

Panel 3 (1:30pm – 3:30pm) National Strategies and Future Arctic Policies

  • Steven Lamy: US National Strategies: Competing Narratives
  • Nikita Lomagin: Russia's Arctic Strategy After 2014
  • Heather Exner-Pirot: ‘Co-Development’ of the Canadian Arctic Policy Framework: Insights and Implications
  • Michael Corgan: Iceland and the Arctic Council

Closing Statements (3:45pm – 4:30pm)

  • Steven Lamy & James Fawcett
Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Conference/Symposia, Event Highlights


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


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