Accession Number:

ADA589439

Title:

From the Top: Shaping America's Arctic Policy and Strategy

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

The United States government historically has ignored the importance of the Arctic and been late to react to changes in the region. Today, unique geographic developments and adjustments in the international political landscape are highlighting the geopolitical importance of Alaska and the Arctic Region once again. Three distinct trends have contributed to renewed interest in the Arctic new emerging sea lanes due to climate change, increased natural resource competition, and the rise of competitors in the region. Combined, the competition for natural resources made more accessible by climate change and the political developments in the Arctic and the Pacific create a significant challenge for US policymakers. With the increased importance of the Arctic, proper identification of ends, ways and means will assist in keeping the Arctic region one of cooperation. Several recommendations are offered under the elements of national power. The rationale for a comprehensive policy review and synchronization of ways and means offered here is a starting point for a more robust national strategy on the reemerging northern front.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE