As the United States’ Chairmanship of the Arctic Council picks up steam, the new Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, Ambassador David Balton, and Senior Advisor Dr. Nikoosh Carlo paid a visit to the Arctic Council Secretariat (ACS) in Tromsø, Norway. After a day of concentrated discussions with ACS staff, the group took a ride up Tromsø’s cable car to Fløya – Tromsø’s nearest mountain – for a great view of the town and its beautiful surroundings. Ambassador Balton even took a moment to demonstrate his juggling skill.


Ambassador Balton is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science. He is responsible for coordinating the development of U.S. foreign policy concerning oceans and fisheries, and overseeing U.S. participation in international organizations dealing with these issues.

Dr. Carlo is the former Executive Director of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, and is also a former American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.

Accompanying Balton and Carlo was Ambassador Balton’s well-travelled companion Ponce de Leon.

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