Emerging Policy

6/19/2014: Panel discussion on the 2015 Arctic Council

Yesterday, Maritime Commons attended an event and is posting some of the Coast Guard’s leadership commentary for your reading pleasure. This is the second post in this three-part coverage series from yesterday’s event on Arctic strategy and Polar Code series.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jodie Knox

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jodie Knox

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention, spoke at an Arctic-shipping event sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy. Thomas participated in a panel discussion that focused on input from industry and academia in advance of the change in chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015.

The panel was moderated by Heather Conley, senior fellow and director of the Europe program for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The other three members of the panel were:

• Ms. Julia Gourley, senior arctic official for the Department of State
• Mr. Kip Knudson, director of the state of Alaska, Office of the governor
• Mr. Per Olav Moslet, arctic technology program director for DNV GL

In 2015, the United States will become the Chair of the Arctic Council. The panel discussed the impact of shipping on the Arctic and provided a roundtable discussion to pool ideas and thoughts from various Arctic stakeholders for input to the new chairmanship.

The panel provided the opportunity for members of the public with a shared common interest in the Arctic to ask questions of the experts in industry, policy and government.

One of the questions focused on how the private sector can be more engaged in the way ahead for Arctic strategy.

Thomas encouraged all stakeholders to participate in discussions on setting standards and noted that the private sector has been participating in these policy discussions and will continue to do so.

“The Arctic CG Forum is just forming. Once formed it will help us understand the tactical details around implementation of strategies,” said Thomas.


U.S. Coast Guard photo

U.S. Coast Guard photo

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