22 Ocean & Coastal L.J. 1 (2017)

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Editors' Note:
       This Ocean & Coastal Law Journal Arctic Symposium Issue celebrates the United States
Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. This Symposium Issue presents articles that examine issues
of critical concern owing to the rapid evolution of Arctic environmental conditions. These issues
were examined by scholars, practitioners, and government officials in the Maine Arctic Forum
coinciding with the Arctic Council meeting in Maine. Senator Angus King delivered the key note
address and we are honored to publish his remarks in our Arctic Symposium issue.

                                SENATOR ANGUS KING

       On September 13, 2016, the Crystal Serenity, a cruise ship with over one thousand
passengers, arrived in Bar Harbor, Maine. The 790-foot ship would not be an unusual sight in
Downeast Maine this time of year but for the fact that it had just completed an historic voyage
through the Arctic Ocean's Northwest Passage. As the largest commercial cruise ship to navigate
the once frozen passage, the Crystal Serenity offers a glimpse into the changes in the Arctic
region and the impact that those changes are already having on the State of Maine.
         Several weeks after the Crystal Serenity's arrival, I had the opportunity to speak at the
Maine Arctic Forum in Portland to celebrate the city's role in hosting the annual meeting of the
Arctic Council. By bringing together representatives of the Arctic nations to forge new
international agreements on governance in the region, the Council represents the type of
collaborative, inclusive work needed to adjust to a rapidly changing Arctic. The fact that Maine
was chosen to host this meeting proves that our state is already taking a leadership role as we
work to meet the unique challenges and seize the new opportunities that a changing Arctic
      Our country is currently at the helm of the Arctic Council, and I believe it is our
responsibility to advance constructive, forward-thinking leadership that will foster cooperation
and ensure stability in the region for generations to come. To this end, I have co-founded the
Senate Arctic Caucus with Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. This bipartisan group has been
working to raise the profile of Arctic issues in Congress, increasing awareness and highlighting
the importance of U.S. leadership in the region. As a member of the Senate Armed Services
Committee, as well as the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I have worked on the
Arctic from a variety of different vantage points, including security, environmental and trade
issues. All signs indicate that we sit at an incredibly important juncture in international relations,
with the Arctic revealing itself as a new and enormously important ocean resource with respect
to energy, security, and commerce.
       The Maine Arctic Forum was precisely the type of symposium we needed at this moment
in history. By bringing together a wide variety of local stakeholders and problem solvers -
including policymakers, non-profits, advocacy groups, academics and business leaders - the
forum provided a rare opportunity for a common dialogue about the region's future. Participants
shared innovative ideas and forged new relationships that I trust will result in new and
productive global partnerships. These types of working relationships and the dialogue they

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