Arctic eTalks is hosted by “The Watch” Command Magazine, United States Northern Command,
United States European Command, United States Indo-Pacific Command and the Center
for Arctic Security and Resilience.
Arctic eTalks is a monthly forum for open discussion (non-attribution) on key issues
affecting the Circumpolar Arctic for academics, defense and security professionals,
and military leaders from Canada, Finland, Iceland, Kingdom of Denmark (Greenland
and Faroe Islands), Norway, Sweden, and the United States
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- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory - United Kingdom
- George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
- Joint Task Force (North) - Canadian Armed Forces
- Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom (UK MOD)
- NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (StratCom)
- North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN)
- Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS)
- Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
- Royal Danish Defence College (fak.dk)
- United States Coast Guard (Arctic)
- William J. Perry Center, National Defense University (NDU)
Arctic eTalks - november 2021 - featuring Coordinator James P. DeHart
Jim DeHart is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with 28 years of experience
as a U.S. diplomat. He holds the rank of Minister Counselor. Jim was appointed as U.S.
Coordinator for the Arctic Region in July, 2020. He brings significant experience
in regional security, civilian-military cooperation, and international negotiations. A
hallmark of his career has been close collaboration with U.S. allies and partners
to advance our shared interests and values.
As Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements from 2019-2020, Jim led
the negotiation of status of forces, defense cooperation, and burden-sharing agreements worldwide. He
served twice in Afghanistan – as Assistant Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in
Kabul (2018-2019) and in Panjshir Province as Director of the only civilian-led U.S.
Provincial Reconstruction Team (2009-2010). From 2015–2018, Jim served as Deputy
Chief of Mission in Oslo, Norway, with extended periods as Chargé d’Affaires. Previously,
he was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of International
Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) where he oversaw assistance programs in Afghanistan
and Pakistan and global programs targeting corruption, money laundering, and organized
crime. From 2010-2013, Jim was Director of the Office of Afghanistan Affairs reporting
to the Department’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP).
Jim was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University where he taught a graduate-level course
on NATO enlargement and wrote for publication. He served as Director for Central Asia
on the National Security Council Staff at the White House and as Deputy Director for
Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department. He worked for two Under
Secretaries of State as Special Assistant for Europe and Eurasia and served overseas
at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium; in Melbourne, Australia; and in Istanbul,
Turkey. He also served as desk officer for Greece and in the State Department Operations
Jim was raised in a Foreign Service family in Australia, Hong Kong, the Dominican
Republic, Mexico, Washington, DC and Central Oregon. He holds a B.A. from Gonzaga
University in Spokane, Washington and a Masters in International Affairs from The
Elliott School at George Washington University.
Presentation Slides: (Forthcoming)
Presentation Recording (Forthcoming):