U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is continuing to call on the State Department to appoint an Arctic Ambassador. Alaska’s junior Senator pressed upon U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the economic and national security importance of the Arctic, during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations
Sen. Begich (D-AK): “
Six of the eight Arctic nations currently have ambassador-level diplomats representing their interests before the Arctic Council. The United States will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in two years, in 2015.