Welcome to the 2021 Military Writers’ Symposium

“Global Conflict or Cooperation? Evolving Arctic Security”

The Arctic is critical to regional stability. All Arctic states agree that peaceful cooperation is ideal; however, the possibility of future conflict is also a reality. The Arctic now occupies a central position within Chinese and Russian foreign policy. Russia is building up its presence in the Arctic and subsequently other Arctic nations are responding by increasing their Arctic footprint and capabilities. Cooperation or conflict centers on competition over strategic resources, maritime control, and geopolitical uncertainty. The 2021 Military Writers’ Symposium will explore various dimensions of the Arctic with aims at leading toward cooperation and regional security.

November 3-4, 2021
Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont

Speaker Sessions Open to the Public
The 2021 Symposium Takes Place In Person
With Remote Options Available

We are delighted to offer the 2021 Symposium on campus and in person. If you wish to attend virtually, we also offer remote options for the speaker sessions, though please note that the Colby Award dinner is an in-person only event. Please visit our registration form to sign up for the speaker sessions and the Colby Award dinner. There is no registration required for the Wednesday evening panel discussion. Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 Military Writers’ Symposium, in any capacity you are able to attend.



Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer
Trent University, Ontario, Canada

9 – 9:50 a.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium

Dr. James Kraska
U.S. Naval War College | Harvard Law School

10 – 10:50 a.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium

Dr. Lilian “Doc” Alessa
University of Idaho | George Mason University | Texas A&M University

11 – 11:50 a.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium (Pre-Recorded)

Troy Bouffard
University of Alaska Fairbanks Center for Arctic Security and Resilience

1 – 1:50 p.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium

Sam Alexander
Gwich’in Council International | University of Alaska Fairbanks Center for Arctic Security and Resilience

2 – 2:50 p.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium

Our distinguished speakers join for a panel discussion moderated by Troy Bouffard.

7 – 8:30 p.m.: Plumley Armory

Will Helterbran ’22 | 2021 Peace & War Center Fellow | Wednesday and Thursday
Visit Will Helterbran throughout the day Wednesday and Thursday in the conference hall, where he shares his research project, “Wind Turbine Blade Design for Arctic Region Applications.”


Colby Award Presentation
Mark Treanor

9:25 – 10:25 a.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium

Schultz Presentation
Larenz Simpkins

1 – 2 p.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium

Meet the Authors Reception and Dinner
Presentation of Carlo D’Este ’58 Military History Award

Reception: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Location: National Guard Armory

The presentation of the Carlo D’Este ’58 Military History Award takes place during the Meet the Authors dinner. The D’Este Award is a $1,000 prize presented to an outstanding undergraduate senior pursuing a degree in history or studies in war and peace.

If you wish to attend the Meet the Authors dinner, please register here

(Please note that the dinner registration is part of the overall symposium registration form. Because the form is not set up for group registrations, each dinner attendee will need to complete an individual registration; we apologize for any inconvenience this causes.)

While there is no charge to attend the dinner, we ask that you consider making a donation to the Carlo D’Este Endowment

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