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The Thawing Arctic Beyond Flags


The Thawing Arctic Beyond Flags

Annika Nilsson, Miyase Christensen

Something remarkable happened in the Arctic ten years ago. On August 2 2007, two small submarines planted a titanium Russian flag on the seabed of the North Pole. First met with ridicule and scorn, the image of the flag and the accompanying story quickly became a symbol of a new geopolitical race for the Arctic in the years that followed.


I don’t believe Sweden has an Arctic Ocean shoreline. I’d rather see the Maldives sticking its nose into the Arctic as they probably have more to lose.


The authors happen to be Swedish scientists and researchers. This has nothing to do with the Swedish government, or its coastline.


The Arctic, like the rest of the planet, will be sodomized and left for dead. Yay capitalism.


A rather optimistic and hopeful prediction. Nevertheless, the geo-political importance of a thawing Arctic still exists and the military presence continues to grow.

Russia continues to add new icebreakers to its current fleet of over 40, including the recent launch of the world’s largest and most powerful nuclear icebreaker — designed for military purposes. Norway increased its defense budget by 9.8 percent in 2016 in order to protect its investments in the Arctic, announcing plans for $19.8 billion in additional defense spending over the next 20 years, prioritizing investment in Arctic capabilities and platforms such as the F-35 fighter aircraft and new submarines. Sweden and Finland have also increased defense spending, and while it has no standing army, Iceland agreed in June to allow U.S. forces to be stationed there for the first time since 2006. The United States unveiled its Arctic strategy, creating the Arctic Executive Steering Committee to realign U.S. focus.