Arctic Energy

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?

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.

Russia in the Arctic: Friend or Foe?

cc Flickr Christopher Michel, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Russia is making great strides in the Arctic. Should other Arctic Council states be concerned?

The Kuril Islands: Power Projection and Resource Protection

Sea_of_Okhotsk_map, cc Wikicommons Ras67

The disputed Kuril Islands have a key role in Putin’s vision of an empowered Russia.

US to Take the Arctic Council Reins, But Where Will it Steer?

Canada Arctic cc Flickr InAweofGodsCreation

The United States is set to take over chairmanship of the Arctic Council, but will tensions over Ukraine block any real progress in the region?

Greenland Polls Yield No Clear Direction on Mining

Greenland CC Flickr Kitty Terwolbeck

Last week’s election result has brought more questions than answers concerning the future of Greenland’s mining industry.

Canada Falling Short on Arctic Sovereignty

Canada Arctic cc Flickr InAweofGodsCreation

Canada’s Harper government has failed to achieve its goal of asserting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.

The East-West Ukraine Freeze Will Not Spread to the Arctic

Arctic Ownership Map Nasa

The economic potential of the Arctic has helped keep relations between Arctic Council members cordial since 1991. But does Canada’s recent snub at a council meeting in Moscow mean that things are about to change?

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