President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson of Iceland will speak at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon, April 15

Apr 08, 2013, 17:34 ET from National Press Club

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson of Iceland will speak at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon, April 15. He will address challenges facing the Arctic and the competition for the polar region's resources.


Grimsson, who is serving a record fifth term as Iceland's president, will announce a new assembly of Arctic nations to convene for the first time in Reykjavik in October. The group will address critical issues facing the region, including melting sea ice, weather patterns, food security, energy resource extraction and shipping lanes.

Grimsson's long career in politics began after he became the first person from Iceland to earn a Ph.D. in political science. He served for decades in Iceland's legislature as a member of the People's Alliance Party. From 1988 to 1991, he served as Iceland's finance minister.

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