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Military aspects of Russia's Arctic policy

Abstract

Russia's Arctic policies have a strong bearing on the regional strategic environment for a number of factors. One obvious reason is the geography and the fact that Russia's Arctic shoreline covers nearly half of the latitudinal circle, which gives the country a unique potential to influence future Arctic activities. Second, despite radical changes in the regional security environment after the end of the Cold War, the Arctic and the High North (the European Arctic), in particular has maintained its central role in Russian strategic thinking and defense policy. Russia still has a strong military presence in the region, with a variety of activities and interests, despite weaknesses and problems facing the Russian armed forces. Third, and finally, Russia has enormous petroleum and other natural riches in the Arctic, and the leadership is laying on ambitious plans for development of commercial activities in the region. Understanding Russia's approaches to security is thus clearly important to surrounding Arctic nations and other stakeholders. Russian military activity in the Arctic has tangibly increased in recent years, adding perhaps the most controversial topic in debates on the region's future security. Combined with political assertiveness and rhetorical hostility toward the West, which was a particular feature  More>>
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Publication Date:
Mar 01, 2013
Product Type:
Book
Resource Relation:
Related Information: In: Arctic security in an age of climate change|by Kraska, James|312 page(s)
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; RUSSIAN FEDERATION; AMPLIFICATION; ARCTIC REGIONS; ATMOSPHERIC CIRCULATION; CARBON; CLIMATE MODELS; CLIMATES; CLIMATIC CHANGE; MITIGATION; NATIONAL SECURITY; PERMAFROST; PLANNING; RISK ASSESSMENT; SEAS; SENSITIVITY; SIMULATION; SNOW; STABILITY; VELOCITY
OSTI ID:
22083073
Country of Origin:
Norway
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN 978-1-107-67357-0; TRN: NO1305095
Submitting Site:
NW
Size:
page(s) 85-106
Announcement Date:
Apr 18, 2013

Citation Formats

Zysk, Katarzyna. Military aspects of Russia's Arctic policy. Norway: N. p., 2013. Web.
Zysk, Katarzyna. Military aspects of Russia's Arctic policy. Norway.
Zysk, Katarzyna. 2013. "Military aspects of Russia's Arctic policy." Norway.
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title = {Military aspects of Russia's Arctic policy}
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abstractNote = {Russia's Arctic policies have a strong bearing on the regional strategic environment for a number of factors. One obvious reason is the geography and the fact that Russia's Arctic shoreline covers nearly half of the latitudinal circle, which gives the country a unique potential to influence future Arctic activities. Second, despite radical changes in the regional security environment after the end of the Cold War, the Arctic and the High North (the European Arctic), in particular has maintained its central role in Russian strategic thinking and defense policy. Russia still has a strong military presence in the region, with a variety of activities and interests, despite weaknesses and problems facing the Russian armed forces. Third, and finally, Russia has enormous petroleum and other natural riches in the Arctic, and the leadership is laying on ambitious plans for development of commercial activities in the region. Understanding Russia's approaches to security is thus clearly important to surrounding Arctic nations and other stakeholders. Russian military activity in the Arctic has tangibly increased in recent years, adding perhaps the most controversial topic in debates on the region's future security. Combined with political assertiveness and rhetorical hostility toward the West, which was a particular feature of Vladimir Putin's second presidential term (2004#En Dash#2008), the intensified presence of the Russian naval and air forces operating in the region has drawn much of the international attention and contributed to the image of Russia as the wild card in the Arctic strategic equation.(Author)}
place = {Norway}
year = {2013}
month = {Mar}
}