As the Arctic faces a critical moment in its history, U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. will share his thoughts on the progress of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council at its halfway point, outlining key accomplishments under U.S. leadership, and highlighting the work that remains in preparation for the 2017 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, when the United States will hand the Arctic Council gavel to Finland.


This timely lecture—an installment of the Curtis L. Carlson Distinguished Lecture Series at Scandinavia House—addresses challenges faced by the United States as it enters the second year of it’s two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the preeminent global forum through which the Arctic countries and indigenous peoples address issues of common concern. The Curtis L. Carlson Distinguished Lecture Series was created by the Carlson Family Foundation to support public discourse on issues and topics of particular relevance to the people of the United States and the Nordic nations.

About Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Ret.) became the State Department’s Special Representative for the Arctic in July of 2014, and leads the effort to advance U.S. interests in the Arctic Region, with a focus on Arctic Ocean governance, climate change, economic, environmental, and security issues in the Arctic region as the United States holds the chairmanship of the Arctic Council from 2015-2017.

Prior to his appointment, Admiral Papp served as the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and led the largest component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

As a flag officer, Admiral Papp served as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area; as the Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Headquarters; as Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District; and as Director of Reserve and Training.

Admiral Papp was a career cutterman, having served in six Coast Guard Cutters, commanding four of them: RED BEECH, PAPAW, FORWARD, and the training barque EAGLE. He is a 1975 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a Master of Science in Management from Salve Regina College. Admiral Papp is a native of Norwich, Connecticut.



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FRI—6-24-2016—12:30 PM
Post-lecture reception—1:30 PM
free, RSVP required