Please join us for the
World Affairs Council of Maine's
2018 Annual Meeting and Dinner:
U.S. Leadership in a Changing Arctic
feat. Ambassador David Balton,
Former Deputy Asst. Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries,
Department of State
Profound changes have come to the Arctic Region, driven mostly by a warming climate. How are the nations and peoples of the Arctic coping with these changes? What new opportunities exist for development of the Arctic, and how might these opportunities affect places like Maine?
Ambassador David Balton, recently retired from the U.S. Department of State and now a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will offer his perspectives on this fascinating area of the planet and on the role of the United States as an Arctic nation.
Date + Location
Wednesday, June 20th
Portland Country Club
11 Foreside Road, Falmouth
5:00 pm Annual Membership Meeting*
5:30 pm Reception with cash bar
6:00 pm Dinner and Program
* Council members may attend this portion free of charge. More information to follow.
$75/person for World Affairs Council members
$100/person for non-member
Become a member to receive the discounted rate!
Join our Host Committee for $250.
Receive two tickets for priority dinner seating and be listed on event literature.
2018 Host Committee to-date:
Deborah + Sam Barouch
Jim + Susan Carter
John + Wendy Doughty
Davis + Suzanne Robinson
Andrea Stanley Hester + Chris Hester
Kathleen + John Sutherland
Gail + Dave Witherill
About Ambassador David Balton
David Balton served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries in the Department of State, attaining the rank of Ambassador in 2006. He coordinated U.S. foreign policy concerning oceans and fisheries, as well as issues relating to the Arctic and Antarctica, and oversaw U.S. participation in international organizations dealing with these issues. Ambassador Balton functioned as the lead U.S. negotiator on a wide range of agreements and chaired numerous international meetings. During the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2015-2017), he served as Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials. His also co-chaired Arctic Council Task Forces that produced the 2011 Arctic Search and Rescue Agreement and the 2013 Arctic Oil Pollution Agreement. He separately chaired negotiations to produce an Arctic fisheries agreement. Ambassador Balton received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Georgetown University. He appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra (juggling oranges).
Dinner menu to follow.
Special thanks to our event sponsors to-date!
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