Under Trump, US-Russian relations hit new low

Under Trump, US-Russian relations hit new low

President Donald Trump came into office with hopes of establishing a "fantastic relationship" with Russia, praising his counterpart in Moscow as "very smart." Instead,...
China, Japan and South Korea hold their own Arctic dialogue

China, Japan and South Korea hold their own Arctic dialogue

A little over four years ago, as several Asian countries were vying for observer status in the Arctic Council, there was some concern over...
How the Arctic fits into China’s ambitious transport infrastructure plans

How the Arctic fits into China’s ambitious transport infrastructure plans

Seen from an Arctic perspective, one of the ironies of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a $5 trillion investment plan to create transport links...
Next week’s Arctic Council meeting could be eclipsed by events on the sidelines

Next week’s Arctic Council meeting could be eclipsed by events on...

All eyes are on Alaska next week as Fairbanks hosts the 10th biennial Arctic Council ministerial meeting, on May 11.The main point of the gathering...
Russia lifts veil on new Arctic military base, but secrets remain

Russia lifts veil on new Arctic military base, but secrets remain

In a new “virtual tour” Russia is showcasing its latest military asset in the Arctic. The new “Arkticheskiy Trilistnik” or Arctic Trefoil military complex...
For Brussels, there’s no Arctic business without the science business

For Brussels, there’s no Arctic business without the science business

Without full Arctic Council observer status, the EU remains something of an Arctic outsider. That has not stopped Brussels from working to define its...
Another big win for Russian pipeline politics in Europe?

Another big win for Russian pipeline politics in Europe?

A divisive Russian energy project dripping with geopolitical tension reached a major milestone this week. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would pump natural...
Security still the main element in Nordic Arctic Strategies

Security still the main element in Nordic Arctic Strategies

“The Nordic countries share many political priorities for the Arctic – first and foremost to maintain the Arctic as a low-tension region – but...
How Arctic governance could become a testing ground for Sino-US relations

How Arctic governance could become a testing ground for Sino-US relations

The Arctic is becoming an important testing ground for US-China relations. As the world tries to work out ways to deal with how climate...
The Arctic remains a bright point in the sometimes bumpy relations between Russia and the Nordic states

The Arctic remains a bright point in the sometimes bumpy relations...

Not since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 have we seen something like this: the foreign ministers of Norway, Denmark and Iceland speaking of...