The Arctic's Emerging Geopolitics: Recommendations for the U.S. and its NATO Allies


Published in Mackinder Forum, October 12, 2020


The Arctic region possesses significant oil and natural gas resources and is becoming an increasingly important arena of geopolitical contention. Canada, China, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States are acutely interested in gaining and maintaining access to its waters and natural resources. Warming temperatures are increasing the ability of these and other countries to access this region during the year. This article examines recent policy documents and actions, which are inherently political, taken by these and other countries and offers recommendations for the U.S. and its allies to ensure that access to this region is not threatened by China or Russia.


Arctic Region, geopolitics, government information resources, military strategy, natural resources, political competition, international rivalry, climate science, cartography, diplomacy

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