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The Trustees of the


Cordially Invite You to an Address by


The Honorable Mead Treadwell

Former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska 
Former Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission


Monday, March 23, 2020

Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.


Members: Free of Charge* – Guest of a Member: $10.00 – Non-Members: 25.00**


“The Battle for U.S. Presence in the Arctic”

(in a region where Russia and China are much more active)

Russia, an Arctic nation which has long had strategic interests in the region, has become increasingly assertive in the Arctic region. China has strategically invested in regional economies, pursuant to global warming’s massive shrinkage of the region’s ice cap which has made maritime traffic easier and the regions’ minerals, oil and gas more accessible. Meanwhile, has the United States with well established security interests in the region become relatively inactive? 

A graduate of Yale and a holder of a Harvard MBA, Mr. Treadwell has had four decades of experience at the highest levels of Alaska’s political, business, and public life; and has devoted enormous time and energy to the politics and diplomacy of the Arctic. In his early career he worked on politics and business for U.S. Secretary of Interior, and later Governor, Wally Hickel. Mr. Treadwell is now recognized as a prominent member of the Alaska business community who has been involved in a numerous successful business adventures. In addition, to serving as Lieutenant Governor, he has participated in primaries for senatorial and gubernatorial nominations.

Mr. Treadwell has engaged with Russia on Siberia-Alaska projects and worked with Arctic nations on a range of matters. He has been a board member of the Alaska Siberia Research Center. He has represented the state of Alaska on US delegations in three circumpolar groups; and was appointed to the United States Arctic Research Commission in 2001, and to its chairmanship in 2006. As Managing Director of the Institute of the North, he co-authored works on missile defense and on the question of why the Arctic matters. Mr. Treadwell brings extraordinarily rich experience and knowledge to this evening’s topic. 

It is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Treadwell to the Council.

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