The verbal rattling of sabres over Arctic territories together with military manoeuvres within the Arctic circle this summer are signs of countries posturing rather than any indication of aggression, says GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund, who looks at the nations preparing to stake their claim to this northern wilderness and unlock its mineral and hydrocarbon wealth.

FOUR years ago, on August 1, 2007, a Russian submersible vehicle planted a titanium Russian flag on the Arctic Ocean seabed, at the exact location of the North Pole.

This act was perceived as a move to bolster Russian claims in the Arctic, where the retreating ice h...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
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