The Arctic continues to change at an accelerating rate. Distinguished polar expert Dr. Olav Orheim examines several new developments – politics, territory, climate, and transportation – occurring in the far north: In May 2015 the United States assumed the Chairmanship of the Artic Council,

ushering in increased expectations of leadership; nations bordering the Arctic Ocean make extensive territorial claims northwards; attention and interest from Asia and continental Europe is on the uptick; and access to the region and transportation shift as global warming escalates.

About Dr. Olav Orheim

Dr. Olav Orheim is a renowned Norwegian polar expert, who has been deeply involved in Arctic affairs from the Cold War period to the present. His career includes Professor at University of Bergen and Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute from 1993 to 2005.

From 2005 to 2012, Orheim was in charge of International Polar Year activities at the Research Council of Norway.



Photo by the American-Scandinavian Foundation

WED – 9-23-2015 – 6:30 PM
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