Arctic eTalks

The Arctic eTalks are a monthly forum for open discussion (non-attribution) on key issues affecting the Circumpolar Arctic for academics, defense and security professionals, and military leaders of the Arctic States and allies. The series was established in Janunary 2021. The events help to facilitate presentations and discussion involving the interests and focus of various Arctic actors. The success of Arctic eTalks has been based on the quality expertise and professionalism of the monthly guests who are notable practitioners and/or scholars with significant and engaging insight on Arctic topics. Put shortly - they are "the right person speaking about the right topic".



The Arctic eTalks is a collaborative effort co-hosted by "The Watch" Command Magazine, USNORTHCOM, USEUCOM, USINDOPACOM, and CASR:

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The Arctic eTalks Partners are the core group of various representative geographic/institutional advisors. They help ensure the most appropriate balance of topics and ideas as well as recommendations on speakers. Partners include:

  • 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 (
  • United States Coast Guard (Arctic)
  • William J. Perry Center, National Defense University (NDU)

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Past Events


A Conversation with Iceland's Senior Arctic Offical

22 January 2021

Friðrik Jónsson

Senior Arctic Offical, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Iceland

Greenland's Strategic Importance to the Security of North America

19 February 2021

Sara Olsvig

Former leader of the Inuit Ataqatigiit political party and Member of Parliament

NATO's Foundation: NORAD and a Strong Northern American Arctic

19 March 2021

Commodore James A. Clarke

Deputy J5 Director, NORAD-USNORTHCOM

Arctic Defense and Security: A View From Finland

23 April 2021

Janne Kuusela

Director of Policy - Finland Ministry of Defense

A View from Sweden: Too Big Not To Care - U.S. Long-Term Strategies for the Emerging Arctic

21 May 2021

Niklas Granholm

Deputy Director of Studies - Swedish Defence Research Agency

A View from Norway: Security in the High North

17 June 2021

Svein Efjestad

Director of Policy - Norway Ministry of Defence

Joint Task Force North: Enhancing Security Through Regional Collaboration

22 July 2021

Brigadier General Pascal Godbout

Director of Policy - Norway Ministry of Defence

Our Arctic Partnerships: Safety, Security, and Environmental Stewardship

19 August 2021

Vice Admiral Steven D. Poulin

Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area

United States Arctic Security: Defending the Northern Approach

16 September 2021

Lieutenant General David A. Krumm

Commander - Alaska Command / Eleventh Air Force / Alaskan NORAD Region

The EU and the Arctic: A Discussion of the New EU Arctic Policy

21 October 2021

Ambassador Michael Mann

European Union Ambassador for the Arctic

U.S. Arctic Interests: Managing Security Through Diplomacy

17 November 2021

James P. DeHart

U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region, U.S. State Department

Arctic Security and the Saami Council: Indigenous Perspectives and Interests

16 December 2021

Christina Henriksen

President of the Saami Council, Permanent Participant of the Arctic Council


list of Events - (Future)

  • Jan 2022: Rear Admiral Martin LaCour, Commander, Joint Arctic Command - Danish Defence
  • Feb 2022: TBA
  • Mar 2022: Ambassador Louise Calais, Senior Arctic Official for Sweden

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