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Russia in the Arctic

Russia in the Arctic - Cover

Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank.

July 2011

153 Pages

Brief Synopsis

The Arctic has returned with a vengeance as an area of international contention. Beginning in 2007, Russia has continued to make aggressive moves and claims regarding territory in the Arctic Ocean. These moves undoubtedly have been prompted by global climate change and the importance of energy, with which Russia believes the Arctic is lavishly supplied. These moves apparently were intended to compel other Arctic states, like Norway, to come to terms with Russia. Nonetheless, the tendency to invoke military and security issues and instruments in this region of the world continues apace. These essays, taken from SSI's 2010 conference on Russia, fully explore the Russian and international competition for influence and rights over the exploration and commercial exploitation of the Arctic.




1. Russia in the Arctic: Challenges to U.S. Energy and Geopolitics in the High North
Ariel Cohen

2. The Arctic: A Clash of Interests or Clash of Ambitions
Alexandr’ Golts

3. Russian Military Presence in the High North: Projection of Power and Capacities of Action
Marlène Laruelle

4. The Evolving Arctic Security Environment: An Assessment
Katarzyna Zysk

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