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Admiral Stavridis on the Arctic

090813-N-1655H-097Retired U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis, former head of U.S. European Command and supreme allied commander of NATO, recently wrote a good piece on how the United States should address security issues in a rapidly-changing Arctic. He starts by acknowledging the impact of climate change, and what that means for security in the “high north”: (more…)

The United States and Russia in a Changing Arctic

Russian_arctic_claimWe are hearing a lot lately about U.S.-Russia relations, from the diplomatic kerfuffle over Edward Snowden, to tensions over intervention in Syria.

Less visibly, U.S. and Russian interactions over a rapidly-changing Arctic are getting interesting. The U.S. and Russia have shared the Arctic since the former purchased Alaska from the latter (in its Imperial form) in 1867, but the effects of climate change may lead the two powers into uncharted waters, both literally and figuratively. (more…)