Ambassador David Balton will be at Adams House on Friday September 30 (2pm, Lower Common Room).
Balton is currently Chair of the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials. He graduated from Harvard College (Cabot House) in 1981. His full title is “Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, State Department.” http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/bureau/125942.htm
Balton is especially eager to meet current and future Arctic scholars. He’ll provide a quick tour of the region and the challenges in that region today, but then pivot quickly to what’s next. He’ll likely discuss environmental challenges (from erosion to pollution to climate change), social challenges (poverty, violence, lack of understanding of indigenous by outsiders), and political challenges (non-Arctic states intruding, challenges to sovereign claims).
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