With Strategic Spillover Rising, Now Is the Time for an Arctic Security Forum

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a tour of the Jakobshavn Glacier and the Ilulissat Icefjord, near the Arctic Circle, Greenland, June 17, 2016 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a tour of the Jakobshavn Glacier and the Ilulissat Icefjord, near the Arctic Circle, Greenland, June 17, 2016 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
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Perhaps more than they have with regard to any other region of the world, pundits, political scientists and foreign ministries have latched on with an astounding vigor to the notion that the Arctic is an entirely peaceful region, ruled by laws and largely immune to geopolitical shocks. The United States’ 2013 Arctic Strategy is prefaced with the assertion that “the Arctic region is peaceful, stable, and free of conflict.” Indeed, the very possibility of conflict there is so beyond the pale that the Arctic Council—the primary organ of governance in the region—is precluded by its mandate from addressing military security. […]

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