Tipping Points in the Arctic

Policy Circle Briefing Series

A Russian icebreaker heading through the Northeast Passage in the Arctic Ocean

A Russian icebreaker heading through the Northeast Passage in the Arctic Ocean

Photo by SeppFriedhuber/Getty Images


March 2, 2017


5:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Program


RAND Corporation
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Santa Monica, CA

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The Arctic is a vast and complicated region that has been relatively isolated from increasing tensions in other parts of the world. But the countries in the region are facing several potential economic, environmental, and political "game changers" that could affect strategic decisions. Rising temperatures and declining sea ice levels could increase competition for natural resources, especially gas and oil, and make possible new shipping routes. Russia claims a large extended continental shelf that reaches as far as the North Pole, and it is increasing its military footprint in the Arctic region.

Policy Circle members and NextLeaders are invited to an exclusive RAND briefing on the prospects for innovation, cooperation, and confrontation in the region.

Abbie Tingstad

Abbie Tingstad

Physical Scientist, RAND Corporation; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

William Courtney

William Courtney

Adjunct Senior Fellow, RAND Corporation; Executive Director, RAND Business Leaders Forum

Warren Olney

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Warren Olney (moderator)

Host and Executive Producer of the nationally syndicated Public Radio International program To the Point and the KCRW local affairs show Olney in L.A.

Further Inquiries

This event is by invitation only. For more information, contact policycircleevents@rand.org.