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A New Cold War in the Arctic in the Wake of Climate Change?

November 04, 2019 at 5:15 PM 
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The Citadel Alumni Center
69 Hagood Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403
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Topic: "A New Cold War in the Arctic in the Wake of Climate Change?" 

Speaker: Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, a Global Fellow at the Kennan Institute and the Polar Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.  

Description: The recent flap over the status of Greenland focused attention on a previously ignored region - the Arctic.  Across the top of the world, due to climate change, the Arctic ice cap melts year by year. The result: new shipping lanes; interest in developing oil and mineral resources; opening ports on long frozen islands; expansion and possible militarization of existing ports. But defining Arctic boundaries and channels and their legal status is no small issue.  The changing Arctic thus has long-term national security implications for our US Navy and Coast Guard. Like the U.S., Canada, Russia, Norway and Greenland/Denmark seek to solidify their presence, concerned as they see other countries, especially China, push to create their own stake in the Arctic through a maritime and even a land presence. 

Do we then face a new Cold War in the Arctic, or is there room for accommodation and a peaceful sharing of what is an increasingly vital region?   

Addressing these critical issues will be Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, a Global Fellow of the Polar Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.  Ambassador Yalowitz is a prominent writer and analyst of Arctic developments. He draws on a distinguished career with the State Department, having served twice at the US Embassy in Moscow, and at the US Mission to NATO. He was US Ambassador to Belarus and Ambassador to the Republic of Georgia and gained special recognition for his peacekeeping and conflict prevention efforts. 

For many years he was Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. He has taught at Stanford and Washington and Lee Universities and is currently teaching at Georgetown University. Ambassador Yalowitz is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and of the Council on Foreign Relations.