Arctic Council

Greenland and the Arctic ‘Great Game’

CC Thomas Leth-Olsen, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The blunt manner of President Trump’s pitch to buy Greenland might have been ridiculous, but the geopolitical rationale behind it certainly isn’t.

Greenland: A New Frontier of Great Power Competition

Greenland, cc Flickr Greenland Travel, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In opening its doors to foreign investors, an independence-minded Greenland could be ushering in a new era of geopolitical competition in the Arctic.

Backgrounder: China’s Arctic Strategy

XueLong, cc Bahnfrend, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xue_Long,_Fremantle,_2016_(4).jpg

Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.

China’s Evolving Arctic Policy: Two Geopolitical Threats

XueLon, cc Flickr Bernard Spragg. NZ, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

With an expanding icebreaker fleet, land purchases around the GIUK gap, and perhaps even a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the near future, China is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Arctic.

The Ice Dragon: China’s Arctic Policy

ARCTIC OCEAN (March 19, 2011) Sailors and members of the Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station clear ice from the hatch of the Seawolf-class submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) as it surfaces above the ice during ICEX 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)

What’s behind China’s longstanding geopolitical interest in the Arctic region?

Canada’s Arctic Defense Policy: Grand Theory, Stunted Practice

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney holds the new Canadian 50 dollar bill, made of polymer, in front of the CCGS Amundsen, the Arctic research vessel depicted on the back of the new bill, in Quebec City

Is Canada really on its way to becoming an Arctic military power?

Arctic Ownership Update

Sun setting in the Arctic

This report builds on the previously published Arctic ownership backgrounder. Its aim is to highlight new developments in the scramble for Arctic oil.

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