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Press Release: Former US Embassy Oslo DCM Jim DeHart Appointed U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region

The Department of State has appointed Jim DeHart as the U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region.  Serving as the principal advisor to the Secretary and the Deputy Secretary on all Arctic matters, DeHart will lead and coordinate the Department’s policy-making and diplomatic engagement on Arctic-related issues to advance U.S. interests in the region related to safety and security, sustainable economic growth, and cooperation among Arctic States to support and strengthen the rules-based order in the region.

Mr. DeHart holds the rank of Minister Counselor and is a 28-year career member of the Senior Foreign Service.  He most recently served as the Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements from 2019-2020, where he led the negotiation of status of forces, defense cooperation, and burden-sharing agreements worldwide.  Mr. DeHart served previously as Deputy Chief of Mission in Oslo, Norway, with extended periods as Chargé d’Affaires.  He brings significant experience in regional security, civilian-military cooperation, and international negotiations.  A hallmark of his career has been close collaboration with U.S. allies and partners to advance our shared interests and values.

The United States plays a critical leadership role on Arctic issues within the international community and remains committed to ensuring a peaceful region where U.S. interests are safeguarded, the U.S. homeland is protected, and Arctic States work cooperatively to address shared challenges.  The Department of State works across the federal government and with state and local government and Arctic indigenous communities to maintain U.S. leadership in the region to ensure a safe, secure, and prosperous future for all Arctic peoples.  The appointment of Jim DeHart reaffirms the commitment of the United States to that mission.

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Press Release: CNO Strengthens Naval Partnership with Norway

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday met with his Norwegian counterpart, Chief of the Royal Norwegian Navy Rear Adm. Nils Andreas Stensønes, at the Pentagon, Feb.18. 

During the office call, the leaders discussed their navies’ commitment to regional maritime security in the Arctic and North Atlantic. 

“The High North is a vital region in the world and Norway is a critical partner to ensuring it remains open and free,” said Gilday. “Alongside our Norwegian partners, we are operating toward the same end – continued security and stability that result in prosperity for all – both now and in the future.”

Gilday also highlighted the importance of Norway’s contributions to U.S. and NATO-led coalition operations and thanked them for being a steadfast maritime partner. 

The two navies frequently operate and exercise together in key engagements like BALTOPS, the annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region, and TRIDENT JUNCTURE, a NATO-led military exercise held in Norway designed to test interoperability of alliance and partner forces. 

Recently, representatives from the U.S., Norway, and other countries worked together at the Naval War College-led Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative where they discussed security cooperation in the Arctic. 

This office call marks the first formal meeting between the two heads of navy.

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World Oil: Petroleum Activity in the High North report shows significant value in Barents Sea

STAVANGER — The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has presented the report Petroleum Activity in the High North. The report places the petroleum activity in the High North into a historical, international and technological framework.

“We hope the report can contribute in a knowledge-based approach to the debate,” says Director General Bente Nyland, who presented the report at the Barents Sea conference.

Petroleum activity has taken place in the High North since the first exploration wells were drilled near the coast in the Laptev Sea in Russia in the 1930s. In Norway, petroleum activities in the north started in 1979, and production started from the Snøhvit field in 2007.

Norway is one of five Arctic coastal states, but due to the Gulf Stream, most of our sea areas remain ice-free year-round. The climate in the High North in Canada, the U.S., Russia and Greenland is considerably more challenging, with ice sheets partly or completely covering the area throughout the year.

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