Stratfor, the world's leading geopolitical intelligence platform, is excited to announce that Senior Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker will address the 2019 Northernmost Border Security Roundtable at the Joint Elmendorf-Richardson Base, Alaska Command on June 6.
Baker will be joined by Lt. General Thomas Bussiere, Commander, Alaska Command; U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski; U.S. Congressman Don Young; U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, as well as many top Alaska Native leaders from throughout the state.
Baker's talk will focus on an analysis of China's growing investment in the Arctic and where the United States currently falls among the unprecedented interest of foregn direct investment in the region. The region is a strategic imperative for a number of nations, including the United States, China and Russia.
The roundtable, hosted by the Alaska Federation of Natives, will focus on a discussion of how the United States can best counter Chinese investment in the Arctic by prioritizing U.S. investment in Alaska. The goal is to deepen relationships among the Alaska Native community, the military, the oil industry and other major stakeholders to improve the infrastructure and the security of the U.S. Arctic region.
The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) is delighted that Stratfor will once again participate in security discussions about the Arctic, this time in Alaska. Stratfor provides insights into issues in a balanced and relevant way. We really are pleased that Rodger Baker will be in Alaska. The Alaska Native community has been building its capabilities over the years, and is positioned to be a huge contributor, together with the military and the oil industry. — Julie Kitka, AFN President
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The largest statewide Native organization in Alaska, AFN represents more than 140,000 Native peoples — about one out of every five Alaskans. Formed in 1966 to settle land claims, AFN continues to be the principal forum and voice of Alaska Natives in addressing critical issues of public policy and government.