Russia in the Arctic—A Critical Examination

Author
Eugene Rumer, Richard Sokolsky, Paul Stronski
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Abstract
Russia has big Arctic plans, but how they will be realized is uncertain. For the United States this will likely mean the return to a Cold War–like environment rather than a new chapter in great-power competition in the Arctic. Russia’s Arctic ambitions have attracted increasing attention in the West over the past decade as climate change opens up new opportunities in the region for navigation and exploration of its riches. For its part, Moscow casts a wary eye on what it sees as a challenge from the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to its position and ambitions there. The Kremlin’s rhetoric about Western encroachment has become more strident, in sync with its enhanced military posture and ambitious economic and infrastructure projects.
Topic
NATO, Cold War, Infrastructure, Geopolitics, Economy
Political Geography
Russia, Eurasia, North America, Arctic, United States of America