Russia to Reorganize Military, US to Appoint Special Envoy for Arctic Region

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 6:10 pm

As temperatures rise and ice recedes in the Arctic, uncovering oil, natural gas and mineral untapped resources in the ‘last frontier,’ Arctic Council bordering countries jockey for strategic positioning. This week, Russia announced plans to reorganize military forces in the Arctic, and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the State Department “will establish a special representative for the arctic region.”

The Barents Observer reports that Russia will establish Northern Fleet-United Strategic Command (Severny Flot-Obedinyonnoye Strategicheskoye Komandovaniye, SF-OSK) this year, to provide security for its civilian and naval Arctic vessels and protect its natural resources.

 

5 Basic Arctic Geopolitics Resources

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:18 pm

Arctic policy rhetoric is changing as the climate changes. Arctic geopolitics involves people and cultures, environment and ecology, zones and laws, agreements and alliances, shipping and industry, climate science, and even a donut hole. What sites can we consult to gain a basic understanding of this broad topic and follow the developments?

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