The Northern Sea Route through the Arctic will alter global trade flows and in doing so create new geopolitical chokepoints. Chief among them is the Bering Strait, where US, Russian, and Chinese interests converge.
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.
What’s behind China’s longstanding geopolitical interest in the Arctic region?
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 is making great strides in the Arctic. Should other Arctic Council states be concerned?
The disputed Kuril Islands have a key role in Putin’s vision of an empowered Russia.
Canada’s military preparations in this key strategic region have paled in comparison to Russia.
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?
Canada’s Harper government has failed to achieve its goal of asserting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.
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?