The Arctic Encounter Symposium (AES) is the largest annual Arctic policy event in the United States. Founded in 2013, the AES aims to confront the shared interests and concerns of the United States and the global community as we look north to the last emerging frontier - the Arctic. Policymakers, industry leaders, regional stakeholders, and leading experts from the science, technology, maritime, and energy sectors, come together at the AES to challenge the status quo dialogue, critically address challenges to realizing the Arctic's full potential and collaborate on solutions. 

PARIS, FRANCE // DECEMBER 10-11-12, 2015

The Arctic Encounter hosted its first international event - Arctic Encounter Paris - at the French Military College (École Militaire), the French Military Library and Campus Eiffel in Paris, France, on December 10-11-12, 2015.

The Arctic Encounter Paris (AEP) took place on the final days of the monumental United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) where over 50,000 participants and 25,000 government delegates gathered to deliberate the world’s response to our changing planet in Paris.

The AEP was the only Arctic policy and economics planned to take place during the UN Convention COP21.

On Thursday, December 10, at the French Military Library (Centre de Documentation de l'Ecole Militaire), the AEP held a 2-hour debate, with three French Arctic and Antarctic explorers and students of the French War School (Ecole de Guerre) on the topic: "Is the Arctic a Global Common?". A cocktail reception and book signing session with the explorers took place following the debate.

On Friday, December 11th, at Campus Eiffel, under the patronage of Sen. Karine Claireaux (Saint-Pierre & Miquelon), the AEP hosted the first Model Arctic Council ever held outside the Arctic, with 42 students coming from 23 universities and research institutions from all eight Arctic countries, France, UK, etc.

In the evening, the AEP will held a 2-hour debate with five Arctic experts from American, Canadian, Norwegian and French think tanks, alongside Hon. Aleqa Hammond, former Premier of Greenland and current Member of the Danish Parliament for Greenland, on the topic: "Arctic Wars: Climate Change & Security in the High North."

On Saturday, December 12th, the AEP engaged policy, industry, and research leaders from Arctic and non-Arctic states during a full day of speaking panels and exciting debate at the French Military Academy (École Militaire).

The 2015 Arctic Encounter Paris was produced by Kallander & Associates LLC and the French Polar Cluster, in partnership with the French Navy Center for Strategic Studies (CESM - Centre d'Etudes Stratégiques de la Marine), the Directorate for Higher Military Education (DEMS)Campus Eiffel, the French Think Tanks Observatory, and more than 15 institutional, business and education partners.

With an attendance of 350+ participants over three days, AEP 2015 was COP21's largest Arctic forum.


Building upon the preceding Arctic Encounter event in Paris, the third annual Arctic Encounter Symposium (AES) in Seattle, Washington convened policymakers, industry leaders, and leading experts to confront the leading issues in Arctic policy, innovation, and development. Nearly 280 stakeholders, domestic and international, gathered to address the 2016 theme, Our Best Chance, Acting Right in the Arctic. Participants and speakers represented many Arctic nations including Norway, Finland, Russia, Canada, and the United States.

As the largest annual Arctic policy event in the United States, the AES mission is to raise awareness, engage challenges, and develop solutions for the future of a region and a people. The two-day program included two keynote luncheons, 6 expert plenary sessions, 8 break out session panels, 5 reports, a networking cocktail reception and seated dinner, and a closing reception. The nearly 80 expert speakers that gather for AES 2016 addressed a wide range of topic including infrastructure and connectivity in the Arctic, the health of Arctic peoples, and new media in the Arctic.

On Thursday, January 14th, AES participants were given an exclusive tour of the United States Coast Guard Cutter HEALY. The U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker fleet was a widely discussed topic at the 2016 AES. U.S. Senators Murkowski and Cantwell – joint keynote speakers at the AES dinner on Friday night at the Museum of History and Industry – discussed the need for increased U.S. icebreaking capability. The U.S. Coast Guard also had an impressive presence at the Arctic Encounter, including Vice Admiral Charles Ray, Pacific Area Commander, USCG Defense Force West, and Rear Admiral Daniel Abel, Commander of the 17th USCG District – Alaska.

The third annual AES took place January 15-16, 2016, at the University of Washington with a dinner reception on January 15th at the Museum of History and Industry on South Lake Union, Seattle. 

The official host of both AES 2015 and AES 2016 was the University of Washington School of Law. AES is a production owned, organized, and directed by Kallander & Associates LLC.