Panel III: The Changing Nature of Arctic Security

Friday, February 26
12:45-1:45 PM ET
Zoom Link

Featuring prominent voices from Canada, Denmark, and the United States, the security panel will explore differing perspectives on international security from around the Arctic Circle.  How have conceptions of security in the Arctic changed over the last 25-years?  What should be made of media reports that Russia wants to raise certain security issues in the Arctic Council?  What security issues are of greatest importance to indigenous communities?  How might the increased presence of external powers impact Arctic security and governance?


Meredith Rubin, U.S. Senior Arctic Official, DOS Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, Meredith Rubin.

Meredith Rubin is the United States Senior Arctic Official (SAO).  As part of the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, she works with key stakeholders to formulate Arctic policy and to represent U.S. interests at the Arctic Council.  Prior to her current position, Meredith served as the Deputy SAO. 

Meredith’s overseas postings include Kosovo, Iceland, and Uzbekistan.  In Washington, DC, she served as the Country Assistance Coordinator for Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine as well as the Turkmenistan Desk Officer.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Meredith worked for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine.  

Meredith holds a M.A. in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University and received her B.A. in Government and Russian Studies from the University of Notre Dame.  She speaks Albanian, Icelandic and Russian.

Henrik Gram Pedersen, Head of the Center for Arctic Security Studies at the Royal Danish Military College: Henrik Gram Pedersen.

Major (Air Force) Henrik Gram Pedersen has been head of Center for Arctic Security Studies, Royal Danish Defence College since September 2020. During his more than 25 years of service he has served in several fields of expertise. Since 2011, the focus has been on international relations, the Arctic and Ballistic Missile Defence. He was one of the co-writers of the Danish Ministry of Defence white paper on the Arctic released in 2016. He has also served in the Danish Delegation to NATO in Bruxelles and in US Central Command, Tampa. He holds a Master in Military Studies and besides his military education he has studied Strategic Communications at the Danish Scholl of Media and Journalism.

He was born in 1970, commissioned as an officer in 1996, lives in Copenhagen, married and has a grown up daughter.

Rob Huebert, Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary.

Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He also served as the associate director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was appointed as a member to the Canadian Polar Commission(now renamed Canada Polar Knowledge)for a term lasting from 2010 to 2015. He is also a research fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Dr. Huebert has taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. He publishes on the issue of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security, and Canadian Defence. His work has appeared in the International Journal; Canadian Foreign Policy; Isuma-Canadian Journal of Policy Research and Canadian Military Journal. He was co-editor of Satellite Imagery United Nations Peacekeeping and Breaking Ice: Canadian Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North. His most recent book written with Whitney Lackenbauer and Franklyn Griffiths is Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship. He also comments on Canadian security and Arctic issues in both the Canadian and international media.