October 25, 2016
On October 25, the Transatlantic Security Initiative hosted a public conference on “Geopolitics, Security, and Energy in the Arctic” in partnership with the Arctic Energy Center. The discussions featured an opening keynote by Amy Pope, Vice Chair of the White House Arctic Executive Steering Committee, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor at the National Security Council, and a closing keynote by ADM Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Ret.), Special Representative for the Arctic at the Department of State and Former Commandant of the US Coast Guard.

The Arctic is an inherently challenging region to operate in, with vast distances, limited infrastructure, and harsh climate. As human activity in the region grows, these conditions give rise to a range of pressing security issues, from Russia's growing militarization of the region and China's interest in the Arctic, to disaster and accident response and search and rescue operations.

At the event, a leading group of officials and experts addressed these challenges and took forward the debate on how the opening Arctic region impacts US national security.