To provide an introduction for undergraduates and peers interested in learning more on the Arctic, I have created an overview of an issue developing in the Far North: the perceived tension between state security and commitment to sustainability.
As the Arctic ice melts and the Far North region opens, the Arctic states feel increasing pressure to expand, both to establish trade routes and ensure military security in this region. As security becomes a concern for states, their dialogue portrays security gains as mutually exclusive to sustainability commitment. Yet is this truly the case? After framing security v. environmentalism attitudes, I maintain that these two goals need not be in opposition, but instead environmental cooperation among Arctic states can mitigate tensions that come from military expansion.
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