Russia Tensions Threaten U.S. Arctic Council Agenda

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard ships survey the Arctic Ocean, Sept. 5, 2009 (U.S. Geological Survey photo).
U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard ships survey the Arctic Ocean, Sept. 5, 2009 (U.S. Geological Survey photo).
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When the United States assumed chairmanship of the Arctic Council last month, Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the U.S. government’s priority would be to manage the impact of global climate change on the region in cooperation with the other countries that have a major presence in the Arctic. Climate change is certainly an important issue, and one that is having a greater impact in the Arctic than in any other region. But as U.S. officials are aware, the tensions between the United States and Russia could impede their bilateral cooperation on this and other Arctic-related issues. Climate change […]

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