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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list of Events - (Past)

  • Jan 2021: Friðrik Jónsson - Iceland Senior Arctic Official
  • Feb 2021: Sara Olsvig - Former leader of the Inuit Ataqatigiit political party and Member of Parliament
  • Mar 2021: Commodore James A. Clarke - Deputy J5 Director, NORAD-USNORTHCOM
  • Apr 2021: Janne Kuusela - Director of Policy, Finland Ministry of Defence
  • May 2021: Mr. Niklas Granholm - Deputy Director of Studies - Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
  • Jun 2021: Mr. Svein Efjestad - Policy Director, Norwegian Ministry of Defence and Chair, Coast Guard Council
  • Jul 2021: Brigadier-General Pascal Godbout, Commander - Joint Task Force North - Canadian Armed Forces
  • Aug 2021: Vice Admiral Steven D. Poulin, United States Coast Guard - Commander Atlantic Area

list of Events - (Future)

  • Sep 2021: Lieutenant General David A. Krumm, Commander - Alaskan Command // Eleventh Air Force // Alaskan NORAD Region
  • Oct 2021: Ambassador Michael Mann, EU Ambassador at large for the Arctic
  • Nov 2021: Major General Charles Stickland, Commander, Joint Expeditionary Force, Ministry of Defence - United Kingdom
  • Dec 2021: Christina Henriksen, President of the Saami Council, and Saami Association of Norway (TBC)
  • Jan 2022: Rear Admiral Martin LaCour, Commander, Joint Arctic Command - Danish Defence
  • Feb 2022: TBA
  • Mar 2022: Ambassador Louis Calais, Senior Arctic Official for Sweden
  • Apr 2022: James P. DeHart, U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic, U.S. State Department