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Nizar Habib

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Topic: Militarization of the Arctic by Russia Country: United States of America

The Arctic is at a crucial point in its transformation from a relatively isolated region to one where receding ice is enabling increased human access. Which could deem to be both beneficial and futile to the US and our allies. Starting at the end of the 20th century, Russia started showing tremendous interest in the area, both financially and militaristically. Out of the 8 Arctic nation, Russia holds the largest portion of the Arctic, however more importantly, Russia possesses the vastest knowledge of the area and its resources and the largest arsenal ready to inflict mass destruction in times of conflict. Russian development includes a new Arctic command, four new Arctic brigade combat teams, 14 new operational airfields, 16 deepwater ports, and 40 icebreakers with an additional 11 under construction.

On May 10, 2013, President Obama released the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. Throughout the strategy, the President articulated clear linkages between events in the Arctic and enduring U.S. national interests. Newly accessible areas present significant economic opportunities, and this growth requires r...