Accession Number:

ADA539658

Title:

Arctic Trail: Six Steps the United States Must Take to Manage the Global Rush North

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

The geographic landscape in the Arctic is rapidly changing, which could allow substantial transportation and resource development in the future. Currently, the international legal framework is not sufficient to handle the sovereignty and resource rights disputes in the region. Increased human activity in the region will exacerbate these disputes, creating significant national security, economic, and environmental implications. Arctic development is at a crossroads in which either competition or cooperation can dictate the region s future. Woefully behind the other Arctic nations in capabilities and regional development, the United States must actively engage Arctic issues. It should lead multilateral efforts to resolve regional disputes, develop enforceable environmental standards and enhance scientific exploration in the region. This leadership role can be accomplished by following a six step process 1 Ratify the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 2 Find ways to empower the Arctic Council, the most successful multilateral organization in the region 3 Submit unresolved diplomatic disputes to the International Seabed Authority as a neutral third party arbitrator 4 Mobilize the American public to understand the implications of being an DArctic Nation 5 Reorganize the Department of Defense s Unified Command Plan and 6 Invest in a cohesive and robust Arctic presence to ensure U.S. Arctic sovereignty.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Geography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE