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Intrepid explorers battling the cold were once the only people to reach the earth’s poles, but now the Arctic and Antarctic are hotbeds of activity, with states around the world jockeying for position. Both the North and South Poles offer the potential of vast resources, trade opportunities and scientific discovery. China, somewhat late to the action, is making up ...
Internal bureaucracy and relations with Russia threaten America’s ambitious agenda for the Arctic Council, the eight-member forum which promotes international cooperation over the huge, empty but resource-rich region. Another issue facing the council is whether the EU should be allowed to join. Washington faces some difficult decisions over the next two years when ...
Russia and China are locked in a battle for influence in north east Asia, centred on transporting both goods and energy resources. Moscow faces a major problem - pipelines and land transport to prosperous South Korea must pass through North Korea, an unpredictable and unstable nuclear power where its leader, Kim Jong-un had his uncle and mentor executed in December...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The United States was a founding member of the Arctic Council in 1996 and the George W. Bush administration established a policy for the area in 2009. But as more of the region’s mineral wealth is unlocked by receding ice and new international trade routes become a possibility, it appears far from clear that the US is ready to assume a major leadership role in Arct...
Dr. James Jay Carafano