Jun 12

Past Event

The Challenges and Opportunities of Arctic Energy and Resources Development

Event Materials




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The Arctic is emerging as an important region in global affairs and a promising frontier for energy development. With an estimated 25 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas reserves, and with climate change making shorter maritime routes through Arctic waters possible, the region is attracting increased attention for its commercial potential. However, the effects of climate change and increased human activity in the region are likely to pose important challenges to its fragile ecosystem and indigenous communities.

On June 12, the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings hosted a discussion marking the start of an 18-month research project on the challenges and opportunities of Arctic development. Panelists discussed the various international approaches to Arctic energy and natural resource development as well as energy and natural resource development in Alaska.

After each panel, participants took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • 1:00 pm - Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • 1:10 pm - Keynote Address

    • Carlos Pascual

      Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs

      U. S. Department of State

  • 1:30 pm - Panel 1: International Arctic Development

    • Moderator

      Portrait: David Goldwyn
    • Julie Gourley

      Senior Arctic Official

      U.S. Department of State

    • Peter Harrison

      Director of the School of Policy Studies

      Queen’s University (Canada)

    • Ritva Koukku-Ronde

      Ambassador of Finland to the United States

    • Alexander Pelyasov

      Director, Center for Northern and Arctic Economies

      Council for the Study of Productive Forces

  • 3:00 pm - Break

  • 3:15 pm - Panel 2: Energy Development in Arctic Alaska

  • 4:45 pm - Closing Remarks


June 12, 2012

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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