With sea lanes opening in the Arctic, a new race for resources has created opportunities for both cooperation and competition among Arctic nations and great powers alike. With Russia assuming the rotating chair of the Arctic Council this year, how will this impact Arctic diplomacy? What role will climate change play in these negotiations? How will U.S. competition with Russia impact agreements over Arctic waterways and resources? To answer these questions and yours, FPRI has assembled a panel of experts on Arctic Policy. Joining host Saleem Ali for the next installment of the First State Series will be former NASA ScientistAnthony Strawa, Russian Energy Policy Expert Roman Sidortsov, and the U.S. Naval War College's Rebecca Pincus.
The First State Series is a collaboration between FPRI and the University of Delaware. Hosted by Dr. Saleem Ali, this series draws on FPRI’s vast network of scholars and outside experts to highlight the intersection of ecology, the environment, and foreign policy. Dr. Ali is an environmental security scholar who holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware and is also a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Sustainable Investment.
Dr. Rebecca Pincus is an Assistant Professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department (SORD) in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the US Naval War College, and a member of the Institute for Future Warfare Studies within SORD. She previously served as primary investigator (PI) at the US Coast Guard’s Center for Arctic Study and Policy, located at the US Coast Guard Academy.
Dr. Anthony W. Strawa, Ph.D., is a staff scientist with securethefuture2100.org. He currently is Chief Scientist for Sustainable Silicon Valley and a Catholic Climate Ambassador. He is a retired NASA atmospheric scientist and publishes and lectures widely on climate issues and mitigation approaches.
Dr. Roman Sidortsov currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Energy Policy at Michigan Technological University and Associate Editor of Energy Research and Social Science, and Senior Research Fellow in Energy Justice and Transitions at the Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex.
Dr. Saleem H. Ali is an environmental security scholar whose research and practice focuses on ways of resolving ecological conflicts through technical and social mechanisms, as well as exploring novel ways of peace-building between corporations, governments, and communities. He holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware and is also a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Sustainable Investment. In addition to his academic roles, Professor Ali serves on the 7-member Science Panel of the Global Environment Facility (the world’s largest multilateral trust fund for the environment held in trusteeship by the World Bank) and on the United Nations International Resource Panel.
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Dr. Roman Sidortsov - Dr. Roman Sidortsov currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Energy Policy at Michigan Technological University and Associate Editor of Energy Research and Social Science, and Senior Research Fel...
Saleem H. Ali - Dr. Saleem H. Ali is the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, chair of the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences, and the author most recently of Soil to Foil: Aluminum and the Quest for Industrial Sustainability (Columbia University Press, 2023) and Earthly Order: How Natural Laws Define Human Life (Oxford University Press, 2022).