"A New Northern Narrative: Operational Arctic Security" ft. Lilian “Doc” Alessa

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 11am to 11:50am

158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, Vermont 5663

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The Arctic is critical to regional stability. All Arctic states agree that peaceful cooperation is ideal; however, the possibility of future conflict is also a reality. The Arctic now occupies a central position within Chinese and Russian foreign policy. Russia is building up its presence in the Arctic and subsequently other Arctic nations are responding by increasing their Arctic footprint and capabilities. Cooperation or conflict centers on competition over strategic resources, maritime control, and geopolitical uncertainty. The 2021 Military Writers’ Symposium will explore various dimensions of the Arctic with aims at leading toward cooperation and regional security.

Presentation Title: A New Northern Narrative:  Operational Arctic Security

Bio: Lilian “Doc” Alessa is president’s professor at the University of Idaho and affiliate faculty with George Mason and Texas A&M universities. She serves as chief scientist for the U.S. Special Operations Command Joint Special Operations University.  Her federal service spans decades including as a defense intelligence senior level special advisor to the Office of the Director for National Intelligence and deputy chief of global strategies with the Department of Homeland Security. She has close to 30 years of arctic experience working the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, multinational and commercial sectors across Canada and the United States on security, defense and the resilience of integrated systems. She is a member of the National Academies committee on research innovations for emerging threats and has served on the board of directors for the U.S. Arctic Research Consortium, the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee and the U.S. Global Change Research Program

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