Great Decisions #6: The coldest war: toward a return to Great Power competition in the Arctic?
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About The Event
Join the World Affairs Council of Maine as we explore the Foreign Policy Association’s 2021 Great Decisions.
Session #6:The coldest war: toward a return to Great Power competition in the Arctic? U.S. President Donald Trump left many scratching their heads when it was rumored that he was looking to purchase the large island nation of Greenland from Denmark. While any potential deal seems highly unlikely, the event shows the changing opinion within the U.S. government toward engagement with the Arctic region. Because of climate change, large sheets of arctic ice are melting, exposing vast stores of natural gas and oil. With Russia and China already miles ahead with their Arctic strategies, can the U.S. catch up?
About this week's facilitators:
Dr. Amanda Lynch is Lindeman Distinguished Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Brown University. Dr. Lynch developed the first Arctic regional climate system model in 1993, won the Priestly Medal in 2008, and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research, and the World Academy of Art and Science. She has been an editor at Journal of Climate; Weather, Climate and Society; and Science Advances. At the United Nations World Meteorological Organization, she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel. She was the founding director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society. In addition to climate modeling, she conducts research on adaptation policy, particularly the role of indigenous knowledges in climate change adaptation.
Dr. Charles Norchi, Maine Law
Charles is the Benjamin Thompson Professor of Law in the University of Maine School of Law where he teaches and researches international law, maritime law, law and science, international human rights, and international security. He served as Fulbright Arctic Scholar in Iceland, is contributing editor to Global Geneva, a Fellow of the Explorers Club, a Fellow in the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, a director of the Harvard Club in Maine and co-President of the Arctic Futures Institute. Dr. Norchi holds university degrees from Harvard College, Case Western Reserve School of Law and Yale Law School. He is a dual national of Ireland and the United States.
What is Great Decisions? Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions is this country’s largest discussion program on world affairs. For over twenty years, our Council has brought these Great Decisions to the state of Maine. We’ve provided hundreds of hours of discussion to members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Southern Maine and hosted numerous dinner discussion groups across southern Maine. Click here for more information on our Great Decisions program.
What will each session look like? Each virtual session will last 90 minutes, divided between presentation and discussion. Discussion questions and a suggested reading list will be provided to all registered attendees.
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