2021 Camden Conference

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February 20-21, 2021

The 2021 Camden Conference explored the Arctic, one of the world’s least-known regions. The Arctic already is undergoing dramatic, irreversible changes traceable to global warming, and as these changes impact the pace of climate change, they forewarn of the challenges ahead for human, animal and plant habitats in this and other regions.

We examined how this transformation of the Arctic is creating a new arena for global power and competition. With the retreating ice mass will come new opportunities to pursue exploration and extraction of vast resources. Will there be unregulated competition, or cooperation among governments and industries? What kinds of security challenges will come with ice-free borders? The territories of eight nations extend into the Arctic, but others —especially China— will assert rights of access and passage. Open waters will make shipping between Pacific and Atlantic ports much cheaper. What could all this mean for Maine with its accessible northern ports, maritime industry, and vulnerable location on a rising ocean?

2021 Conference Poster
Conference Highlights (PDF)

Conference Video Archives

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Keynote Speaker – “The Epicenter of Geopolitics and Climate Change”

Paul A. Mayewski

“Earth’s First Responder in a Warming World: Arctic Climate”

Frances Ulmer

“Winners and Losers in the 21st Century Arctic”

Ulf Sverdrup

“A Frozen Region Goes Dynamic”

Gail Whiteman

“What Happens in the Arctic Doesn’t Stay There”

Michael Bravo

“Community and Governance in a Fractured World”

Sara Olsvig

“Greenland – the Challenges of Developing Self-Governance and Safe Communities”

Gunn-Britt Retter

“The People of Eight Seasons: A Resilient Culture or a Future at Risk?”

Thomas Nilsen

“Amid Growing Distrust, Rearmament and Climate Crisis: An Arctic Power Play”

Sergei Medvedev

“Russia’s Symbolic Politics in the Arctic”

David Balton

“Strengthening Governance of the Arctic Region”

Final Panel of the 2021 Camden Conference

Conference Highlights

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