Fwd: Russian ambitions in the Arctic: Implications for the Arctic Council

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Marius Grinius

Jul 6, 2021, 6:07:13 PMJul 6
to Adele Buckley
May be of interest to Arctic watchers. marius 

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Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2021 at 09:48
Subject: Russian ambitions in the Arctic: Implications for the Arctic Council
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University of Alaska Fairbanks - Troy Bouffard
Troy Bouffard: What do Russia's Ambitions mean for the Stability of the Arctic Council?
Russia has devoted considerable effort in devising its 2035 Arctic Strategy. The document gives further credence to the notion that Russia sees itself as a major player in the Arctic, has a clear understanding of the challenges in the region, and is prepared to meet those challenges. The question remains—how will Russia juggle its potentially-threatening Arctic ambitions, while chairing the highly cooperative, multilateral Arctic Council? Through its 2035 Arctic Strategy, Russia expresses a desire to manage and control the Arctic Sea Route, which it considers to be internal waters. Under Putin, Russia is also developing sophisticated air defence networks and sensors. Meanwhile, in North America, NORAD modernization remains a politically and economically contentious issue. Russia recognizes this, as well as the fact that North America’s defence systems are outdated and cannot keep pace with growing threats. In many ways, this works to Russia’s advantage. According to Bouffard though, issues such as climate change will only strengthen the resolve of countries to collaborate in the Arctic, and work through the Arctic Council itself. Inside the council, Russia is still expected to lead a positive interdependence role.
“We have to ensure that sources of bias are identified early on and that creative steps are taken to minimize these biases as much as possible. An intersectional lens would be useful in terms of identifying bias and limiting it from the start.”

Troy Bouffard
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