Security Policy in the Arctic


                               Potsdam, October 2022


Climate change is dramatically altering the geopolitical situation in the Arctic. Recent studies show that the Arctic is warming about four times faster than the global average. Melting ice provides access to valuable land and seabed resources, potentially lucrative shipping lanes, and new fishing grounds, thus opening up new areas of possible interstate conflict in the Arctic. The Arctic was already highly relevant geostrategically during the Cold War and has now become a region of international great power claims in a world that is increasingly polarized.

Against this background, the Arctic Office compiled the present analysis of the security policy in the Arctic. The paper presents an outline of relevant topics and forums as well as an outlook, in particular regarding the impacts of the Russian war of aggression against the Ukraine.


Read more about the Security Policy in the Arctic here.


The list of references can be found here.