NATO’s developing interest in the Arctic

In a recent speech Admiral James G. Stavridis, Commander of US European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) said that the melting of the Arctic ice cap opens new opportunities, as well as risks and challenges, that will require increasing cooperation among regional nations. But should that cooperation take place within the Arctic Council, NATO or both? 

Five of the eight Arctic Council members are also members of NATO but that there appears to be little common ground within the Alliance as to what role it should play in the Arctic.  Read more in the attached briefing paper.

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