The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) are hosting a high-level conference that will examine the passing of the Arctic Council chairmanship from Canada to the United States.

“Passing the Arctic Council Torch,” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 30, 2014. This Washington event will be webcast to a live global audience:

CIGI Senior Fellow John Higginbotham, who leads CIGI’s research on Arctic governance, will be available to media to comment on insights gained from the high-level discussions in Washington, DC. Other confirmed participants include senior Arctic officials from the federal governments of Canada and the United States, regional government representatives, and experts from academia and civil society.

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]  

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