The Cold War in the Arctic

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 31st Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ioq4w9i8/
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As climate change warms the Arctic, the race is on to militarize it.

The militarization of the Arctic

A new report issued by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute asserts that the United States, Russia, Canada, Denmark and Norway are engaged in a kind of cold war race to militarize the Arctic. Also, "outsider" countries such as Brazil, India and China are seeking access to the region's vast resources. The report states that Russia is poised to create its own Arctic military force by 2015, aimed at protecting her interests there.

The reports conclusion reads "Climate change is making the Arctic region...more accessible. Overlapping claims by the five Arctic littoral states - Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States - have led to fears of future conflict in the region. In recent years all five countries have included increased protection of Arctic territories and claims in their defense policies. All five have also started to increase their military presences and capabilities in the Arctic region by acquiring Arctic-specific equipment, improving military infrastructure or increasing military forces."

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Funom Makama
31st Mar 2012 (#)

woow! This could be more and more sensitive as time goes on...
Canada, Denmark, Norway and Russia have an upper hand, but the US? They are not even close to that region based on map showing.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
31st Mar 2012 (#)

You forget about Alaska. Thanks for commenting Funom.

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author avatar Buzz
31st Mar 2012 (#)

Sigh, another flashpoint!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
31st Mar 2012 (#)

There's an awful lot of them, aren't there? Thanks for commenting Buzz.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Mar 2012 (#)

Confrontation instead of cooperation - we will never learn, our bane. Thanks for the highlight, Steve - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
31st Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Siva. I pray we learn someday.

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Informative post Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Madan.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

I have learned and read so much about politics since I started following you. If the five nations formed an agreement, maybe that would maintain peace; or I suppose the country with the most money will rush in first.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

P.S. The U.S. has submarines all over the world so distance wouldn't matter, would it?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

As Siva said, cooperation before competition - I hope we'll learn one day.

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