As global climate change takes its toll on arctic ice, new opportunities are emerging in the far north.  Russia is engaging in substantial military build-up, while establishing new sea routes to assist in its exploitation of vast LNG and oil reserves.  China has added the “Ice Silk Road” to its “One Belt, One Road” initiative, meant to establish new trade routes between China and the rest of Asia and Europe.  Even non-Arctic countries such as India, Singapore, Korea, and Scotland are significantly ramping up their engagement in the Arctic, looking at the opportunities emerging in the North.  The United States, by contrast, needs to be reminded that it is an arctic nation – we have all but ceded the region to other powerful actors.  Climate change places an obligation on the United States not only to do what it can to prevent the effects of global climate change, but also to think through the challenges and opportunities presented by the warming arctic.


Lindsay Lyon Rodman was placed at CIPS as the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow (Canada) after leaving the Obama Administration, where she served in the Pentagon as Senior Advisor for International Humanitarian Policy. Prior to her political appointment, she was an active duty judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in various roles, including as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as the Operational Law Attorney for 1st Marine Division (FWD) in Afghanistan from 2010-2011.  Her last duty assignment as an active duty Marine was in the White House as Director for Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security Council.  She remains in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.  Prior to joining the Marine Corps, Lindsay was an associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer) in Washington, DC.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD, 2007), the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (MPP, 2007), and Duke University (AB Mathematics, 2003).


Lindsay Lyon Rodman, Esq.

International Affairs Fellow in Canada at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) & Former Senior Advisor for International Humanitarian Policy at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense


Moderated by Rebecca Murphy

Associate Research Scholar

Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

1302 International Affairs Building

School of International and Public Affairs

420 West 118th Street

New York City