Reflections on the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

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Scandinavia House

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Lecture by Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Ret.)
The Arctic is facing a critical moment in its history and receiving unprecedented attention within the United States, across Scandinavia and the wider Arctic, and all around the world. In April 2015, the United States assumed the two-year rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the preeminent global forum through which the Arctic’s countries and indigenous peoples address issues of common concern.


The U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. (also the most recently-retired commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard), will share his thoughts on the progress of the U.S. Chairmanship 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.



Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG (Ret.) became the State Department’s Special Representative for the Arctic in July of 2014, and will lead 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.


The Curtis L. Carlson Distinguished Lecture Series at Scandinavia House, 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.

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