Issue Brief posted January 8, 2016
Top Five U.S. Policy Priorities for the Arctic in 2016
2016 will be an important and challenging year for the Arctic region. It marks the final year of the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council. In July 2016, NATO will hold a major summit in Poland that offers an opportunity for the Alliance to focus on the Arctic. Russia is expected to invest heavily in the Arctic region even with the fall in crude oil prices.
Issue Brief posted December 16, 2014
Russian Military Activity in the Arctic: A Cause for Concern
While the West has primarily been focused on Russia’s recent actions in eastern Europe, Moscow has continued with its plans to militarize the Arctic. Russia’s strategic goals in the Arctic are to secure current and potential energy resources located in the region and to maintain military superiority above the Arctic Circle. Although the threat of armed conflict among the…
Backgrounder posted June 26, 2014
Accession to Convention on the Law of the Sea Unnecessary to Advance Arctic Interests
Much has been said in recent years about a “race” or “scramble” to secure resources in the Arctic Ocean as polar ice recedes, inevitably leading to conflict in the region. But reality paints a very different picture. Over the past decades, Arctic nations have worked together to advance their shared goals for the region, and relations among the United States and other…
Issue Brief posted August 28, 2013
Priorities for President Obama’s Visit to Sweden
President Barack Obama will visit Sweden on September 4 en route to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. The timing of this visit is important. The decision to visit Sweden was announced after the White House cancelled the U.S.–Russia summit, scheduled for September, due to a lack of progress in the U.S.–Russia bilateral relationship. Also, like his meeting at the…
Issue Brief posted April 2, 2013
Strengthen the Coast Guard’s Presence in the Arctic
The Arctic region is becoming increasingly important to U.S. national interests. Ice in the Arctic has reached the lowest level since records began in 1979, opening up new possibilities for maritime trade, tourism, and natural resource exploration. Consequently, more actors than ever before will be operating in the Arctic region.
This reality will present both…
Issue Brief posted January 24, 2013
Hagel, Kerry, and Brennan Senate Confirmation Hearings: U.S. Policy on Arctic Security
In the coming weeks, the United States Senate will begin the confirmation process for three key Administration positions: Senator John Kerry (D–MA) for Secretary of State, former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense, and White House chief counterterrorism advisor John Brennan for director of the CIA. All three have been prominent backers of President…
Issue Brief posted August 15, 2012
Arctic Region: U.S. Policy on Arctic Security
The Arctic region is home to some of the roughest terrain and harshest weather found anywhere in the world. Arctic ice is increasingly melting during the summer months, causing new challenges for the U.S. in terms of Arctic security. For example, the decreasing presence of ice will mean new shipping lanes opening, increased tourism, and further natural resource…
Audio Recorded on August 13, 2012
Heritage in Focus: Is Arctic Policy Making Waves in Shipping and Trade?
How is arctic policy pertinent to new ideas in exports, trade and tourism? Luke Coffey, Margaret Thatcher Fellow at the Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation discusses how new innovations in arctic policy can - and probably will - open new doors. Jackie Anderson hosts.…
Issue Brief posted June 22, 2012
NATO in the Arctic: Challenges and Opportunities
The Arctic region is becoming increasingly important for a number of geostrategic reasons. Thawing ice allows lucrative shipping lanes to open and increases the possibility of natural resource exploration. Since four of the five Arctic littoral countries, in addition to Iceland, are also members of NATO, the alliance cannot afford to ignore the Arctic.