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When: Thursday, January 26, 2023 , 1:30pm to 3:15pm ET

Where: Online only

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Historically, the Arctic Region has served as a natural strategic buffer between nations competing for geopolitical and economic interests. The impacts of climate change on the Arctic’s physical environment have coincided with the reemergence of great power competition for resources, influence, and governance around the globe. The White House’s recent release of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region emphasizes the convergence of these competing interests and for the first time, the Arctic is included as a regional priority in the National Security Strategy. The Department of Homeland Security’s multi-faceted mission through agencies like the United States Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement makes it integral to upholding and advancing the nation’s priorities under the NSAR’s four pillars.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute for a conversation with DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien on DHS’s unique and significant role in the Arctic region. This chat will be followed by a panel of experts from DHS agencies who will discuss DHS’s role in upholding the NSAR’s pillars through maritime security, disaster preparedness and recovery, and law enforcement collaboration.


Keynote Speaker

  •  Deputy Secretary John K. Tien - Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security


  •  Dr. Rebecca Pincus - Director, Polar Institute
  • Michael Sfraga - Chair & Distinguished Fellow, Polar Institute // Chair, US Arctic Research Commission


  • Ambassador David Balton - Executive Director, Arctic Executive Steering Committee, Office of Science & Technology Policy, White House; former Senior Fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Center
  • Rear Admiral Michael P. Ryan - Deputy Commandant for Operations Policy & Capabilities (CG-DCO-D), U.S. Coast Guard
  • Tasha Reid Hippolyte, Ph.D. - Deputy Assistant Secretary, Trade Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Robert J. Hammer - Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, Department of Homeland Security
  • David Kang - Director, Office of Response and Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)