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 explored various dimensions of the Arctic with aims at leading toward cooperation and regional security.

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

Please check back soon for video highlights.


Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer
Trent University, Ontario, Canada

9 – 9:50 a.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
“Premier Partners: Past, Present, and Future Canada-U.S. Cooperation to Address Threats Through, To, and In the North American Arctic”

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

10 – 10:50 a.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
“Geostrategy and International Law in the Arctic Ocean”

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

1 – 1:50 p.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
“The Role of the Arctic for Russian National Security and Defense”

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

2 – 2:50 p.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
“The Cost of Arctic Security: An Indigenous Perspective”

Sam Alexander, James Kraska, and Whitney Lackenbauer, moderated by Troy Bouffard

7 – 8:30 p.m.: Plumley Armory, and Livestream Video
“Global Conflict or Cooperation? Evolving Arctic Security”
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Will Helterbran ’22 | 2021 Peace & War Center Fellow | Wednesday and Thursday
Throughout the symposium, Will Helterbran shared his research project, “Wind Turbine Blade Design for Arctic Region Applications” in a poster presentation in the conference hall.


Colby Award Presentation
Mark Treanor

9:25 – 10:25 a.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
Author of the novel, “A Quiet Cadence”

Richard S. Schultz ’60 Symposium Fellow Presentation
Larenz Simpkins

1 – 2 p.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
“Chilling Relations: An Examination of Potential Spheres of Conflicting Sino-Russian Interests in the Arctic”

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

6 p.m.

6:45 p.m.

National Guard Readiness and Regional Technology Center
161 University Drive, Northfield, Vermont

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.

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