Navigating the High North: A Reception on Regional Security, Stability, and Prosperity


May 14, 2024
7:00 pm
– 8:30 pm


Muse at the Anchorage Museum
625 C St

Join us for a reception with the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) as they embark on their High North overseas staff tour. Delve into discussions on regional security, stability, and prosperity in the Arctic. This unique gathering offers a rare opportunity to network with RCDS experts and other members of the Alaska World Affairs Council, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and the Alaska International Business Center while exploring the intricate dynamics of the High North.

About our guests

In an international environment, which provides perspectives and insights from around the world, RCDS seeks to inspire study, stimulate thinking and stir debate on contemporary strategic issues. RCDS is a world-renowned institution committed to developing strategic thinkers and leaders within the armed forces and Civil Service, who have the potential to reach the highest ranks and be comfortable working at the strategic level in a cross-government and international environment. The college was established in 1927, originally as the Imperial Defence College, in accordance with Winston Churchill’s vision of promoting greater understanding between senior military officers, diplomats, civil servants and officials.

The makeup of the ‘High North’ 2024 Overseas Staff Tour comprises of 20 personnel identified as future strategic leaders in defence and security from the UK, Cyprus, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Yemen. They will be accompanied by the UK’s Defence Attaché to Washington – Rear Admiral Tim Woods CBE and two members of his staff.

Welcoming remarks will be given by Rear Admiral Tim Woods, Defence Attaché at the British Embassy Washington. Rear Admiral Woods leads the UK’s extensive military engagement and partnerships across all branches of the United States military. Previously he worked in Kyiv, Ukraine where he was the British Defence Attaché at the frontline of the UK’s support to the Ukranian military. In Kyiv he also served as Head of the British Defence Staff in Eastern Europe, commanding all Defence Attaches across Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine at a defining moment in European security.

Program details
  • Check-in will begin at 6:45 PM with seating available on a first-come first-serve basis. The event will begin at 7:00 PM.
  • This event will take place after museum closure, which means guests need to enter through the 7th Avenue entrance or through the side door located next to Muse on C Street. The main entrance to the museum will NOT be open.
  • Those with online reservations do not need to present ticket confirmation at the door, we will have all confirmed attendees on a list at check-in.
  • Light bites and a drink are included in cost of admission. 
  • Online registration closes on May 14. Attendance is limited, please reserve your spot prior to the event.
  • Members of the Alaska World Affairs Council, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and Alaska International Business Center receive discounted membership benefits. Thank you for your contributions!

Event Registration