Since 2012, the annual Arctic Conference at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy has provided a platform for policymakers, business leaders, academics and students to address the implications of a volatile Arctic. The Arctic Conference brings together high-level leaders working in business, governance, human rights, international law, and science from around the world to share insights, research, and engage in conversations on the pressing issues of a multi-disciplinary nature in the Arctic region.
The Fletcher Arctic Conference is a student-run initiative, with key contributions from senior Fletcher School faculty and leadership. We remain dedicated to inclusivity and high-quality dialogue by bringing together diverse speakers both in education and background.
The virtual 2021 conference is free and open to all, and all our funding comes from supporters like you. Our fundraising goal of $5,000 is to ensure an equitable honorarium for speakers and moderators during this year’s conference as well as support the marketing costs for the team. We also want to prepare for a post-pandemic conference by leaving a little extra for next year’s team and ensuring that we can have the best possible conference in 2022.
2021 Fletcher Arctic Conference
This year’s theme is Inflection Points: Security, Conservation, and Adaptation in the Arctic. The Conference will take place on Friday, February 26, from 9:30 AM and into the evening. The first panel will be on Preventing and Responding to the Growing Environmental Threats to the Arctic Ocean, the second on The Changing Nature of Arctic Security, and the third on Adapting for an Unknown Arctic Future. Each panel will offer an opportunity for Q&A or post-panel discussion.
We will also be featuring a keynote address from Admiral Karl Schultz, 26th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.
We look forward to contributing to the conversation and illuminating the multitude of perspectives surrounding the future of a rapidly changing Arctic.