England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Climate action and sustainable development

The new cold war: why everyone wants a piece of the Arctic

Summary

This briefing offers a beginner’s guide to Arctic matters and the interests of the key states and prospective players in the region. It surveys the new opportunities created by the retreating ice, and the new dangers these pose to the sustainability of the Arctic and its population. It also considers the governance of the region: how it works at present and why it might need to change in future.

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