The Return of Great Power Competition to the Arctic (The Arctic Institute)

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Published by The Arctic Institute
22 October 2020
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Most scholars writing in the post-Cold War era rejoiced over geopolitical stability and constructive cooperation in the Arctic, defined by what they called “Arctic exceptionalism”,1) which can be characterized by the absence of the great power competition in the region, and a supposed position outside of the reach of the traditional realist perspective. However, the rise of China and its unprecedented claims in the Arctic, as well as its self-declared status of being the near-Arctic state; Russian militarization of the Arctic waters; increasing convergence between Russia and China; geopolitical tensions between Russia and the United States; and the global rivalry between the United States and China are all entangling the Arctic in a renewed great power competition. 

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