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EU-US Arctic Cooperation

Date & Time

May. 6, 2024
10:00am – 11:30am ET


Online Only


On May 6th, 2024, the Polar Institute, the European Union, and the Global Europe Program livestreamed an event on Arctic cooperation between the European Union and the United States. Invited experts discussed the global importance of Arctic science and research, how science diplomacy supports the safety and stability of Arctic regions, and how the US and EU scientific communities can improve cooperation to build bridges of understanding in a world moving towards strategic competition.

Distinguished speakers included Ambassador Jovita Neliupšienė (EU Ambassador to the US), Dr. Michael Sfraga (USARC), Ambassador David Balton (AESC), and Dr. Mahlet Mesfin (US Department of State). 

This event was co-funded by the European Union. 

Keynote Speakers

Jovita Neliupšienė

Ambassador Jovita Neliupšienė

Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
Mahlet Mesfin

Mahlet Mesfin

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Ocean, Fisheries and Polar Affairs, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US Department of State

Hosted By

Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

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