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The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Transatlantic Security Initiative, in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of Defense and Royal Norwegian Embassy, hosted a virtual public event “Looking North: Conference on security in the Arctic” on Friday, March 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CET on the Zoom platform.

As the Arctic draws attention from policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic, climate change opens access to the region and new and traditional actors seek to exploit the void it creates for economic, military, geopolitical, and other benefit. Against this backdrop, allied government officials have stressed the need to find a common approach between North American and European capitals to ensure the Arctic remains a secure, stable, and prosperous arena.

To advance discussion on these and other Arctic security issues, the Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Norwegian Ministry of Defense and Royal Norwegian Embassy, hosted its annual conference – Looking North – bringing together expert and official voices to reassess drivers of change in the Arctic and how the United States, Norway, and its allies and partners can collectively approach security in the region.

This half-day conference featured conversations with the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide and Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen, as well as two discussion sessions which featured experts on Arctic and transatlantic security, as well as national perspectives from other Arctic nations.

The Transatlantic Security Initiative, in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, shapes and influences the debate on the greatest security challenges facing the North Atlantic Alliance and its key partners.