DCA 2022 Academic Lecture Series continues on January 20: The Arctic, From Deep Freeze to Hot Spot

DCA 2022 Academic Lecture Series “THE ARCTIC – FROM DEEP FREEZE TO HOT SPOT” Continues

This year’s Darien Community Association virtual series continues with two more morning lectures and one evening lecture focused on the climate, politics, and geopolitical tensions in the Arctic.

The third lecture on Thursday, January 20 at 10:00 am, will be presented by Dr. Rebecca Pincus from the U.S. Naval War College. Her topic is Great Powers and Geopolitics in the Arctic.

Dr. Rebecca Pincus is assistant professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department (SORD) in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the U.S. Naval War College, and a member of the Institute for Future Warfare Studies within SORD. She previously served as primary investigator (PI) at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Center for Arctic Study and Policy (CASP), located at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. While at CASP, she served as lead author on the Coast Guard’s High Latitude Study Addendum on polar icebreaking, and supported U.S.-Russian Federation negotiation of shipping corridors in the Bering Strait.

The Thursday morning lectures will conclude on January 27 at 10:00am with Rachel Ellehuus, of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, speaking on NATO in the High North. Rachel Ellehuus is deputy director and senior fellow with the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her research focuses on the future of NATO; the transatlantic relationship; U.S.-European Union relations; and regional security and defense dynamics, particularly in Northern Europe and the Arctic. Before coming to CSIS, she served as principal director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the U.S. Department of Defense. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Ellehuus was based in London, assigned to the Strategy Unit in the UK Ministry of Defense.

The series will conclude on Thursday night, February 3 at 7:30pm, with Dr. Anne-Marie Brady, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, presenting on China’s Arctic Interests.

The DCA extends grateful thanks to an anonymous donor for underwriting this series.

Single lecture and evening tickets, $20 DCA members and $30 public, are available at dariendca.org or through the DCA office at 203-655-9050 extension 10. Please purchase a ticket for each of the members in your household who will be viewing the lecture. Registrants will receive an email with


Zoom webinar access information the day before the lecture.

DCA 2022 Academic Lecture Series ““THE ARCTIC – FROM DEEP FREEZE TO HOT SPOT”



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