The Evolving Nature of U.S.-Canada Arctic Cooperation


Program Description

Date and Time

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT

What We'll Discuss

As Arctic nations, the United States and Canada have a responsibility to work together alongside other Artic nations to ensure the region remains peaceful, secure, and prosperous. Among the top challenges our countries face are dramatic physical and environmental changes that are making the Arctic more accessible and opening up new possibilities for resource extraction, seabed mining, tourism, and transit routes. We are also seeing increased geopolitical engagement by adversarial Arctic and non-Arctic states like Russia and China. Like Canada, the United States seeks sustainable economic development that supports local and Indigenous communities and respects principles of good governance and transparency. President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau included the Arctic prominently in their joint Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership. Both Canada and the U.S. agreed to launch an expanded U.S.-Canada Arctic Dialogue to cover crosscutting issues related to continental security, economic and social development, and Arctic governance.


James DeHart
James DeHart was appointed as U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region in July 2020. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with 28 years of experience as a U.S. diplomat. He holds the rank of Minister Counselor, serving notably in Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Turkey, and Norway. He brings significant experience in regional security, civilian-military cooperation, and international negotiations.


Dr. Michael Sfraga
Dr. Mike Sfraga is the Director of the Polar Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Sfraga is a geographer with a focus on the geography of Arctic landscapes, Arctic policy, and the impacts and implications of a changing climate on the social and political regimes in the Arctic. Sfraga previously served as Vice Chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), faculty member, department chair, and Associate Dean in the UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension.


Dr. Philippe Archambault, PhD
Dr. Philippe Archambault is the Co-Scientific Director of the Canadian Network of Centers of Excellence, ArcticNet. As a Quebecer and marine biologist, his work links fundamental biodiversity questions and theoretical research on global change and its effects on ecosystems functioning to applied science and policymaking. Dr. Archambault is strongly engaged in training the next generation of marine scientists.