One-Sided Arctic Arms Race

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

The Arctic is experiencing significant climate change. The expected changes to the Arctic have created new economic opportunities for states and threatened the future stability of the region. With Arctic becoming more accessible, the control for natural resource extraction and sea lanes of communications have become a major concern. Out of every Arctic state, Russia has been the most aggressive in their development of military infrastructure. As of now, the United States has adopted a peaceful cooperative approach to the future stability of the Arctic -in an effort to prevent an arms race. The purpose of this thesis is to explore the challenges Russia’s militarization in the Arctic creates towards U.S. interests in the region.