These days, the Arctic is getting a lot harder to ignore — and not only because its waters are getting increasingly navigable for much of the year. Pick a pressing geopolitical issue — from the impact of climate change, to tensions between Russia and the West, to the tenuous state of global trade — and chances are it’s playing out in dramatic fashion on the top of the world. – Joshua Keating, global security reporter
THE BOTTOM LINE
Due to the impact of climate change and the rapid melting of Arctic ice, the geopolitics of the region are shifting rapidly. Given the region’s mineral resources and an increasingly militarized Russia, the Arctic was already an area of increasing geopolitical and economic competition. That competition has remained peaceful to date, but given Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and heightened competition between the U.S. and China, tensions are growing. All of which means a peaceful competition for the Arctic can no longer be taken for granted.
🌍 Climate: A region transformed by climate change
🚨 Security: An arctic arms race
📈 Economics: Riches beneath the ice
🇨🇳 China: A “near-Arctic state”