Transnational organised crime monthly briefing, March 2015: Spotlight on Polar regions

  • Source: Intelligence unit
  • Filed: 23 March 2015

Monthly intelligence briefing on transnational organised crime from Dr Mary Young. This month’s spotlight on Polar regions highlights how transnational organised crime gangs are exploiting the Arctic’s vast uninhabited areas and lack of dedicated police officers and criminal intelligence officers for human, drug and weapons trafficking and other illegal activities. It also discusses the US Coast Guard’s evolving efforts to tackle such crimes in the Arctic. Read more

Fire on ice: Russia’s new Arctic brigades

  • Author: Rob O'Gorman
  • Published: 21 June 2013

Open Briefing: Russia first publicly announced plans to form at least one Arctic brigade in 2011. The scale and nature of further developments in the formation of these brigades over the next two years or so will tell us much about Moscow’s intentions. Read more

The growing importance of the Arctic Council

  • Source: Stratfor
  • Filed: 3 June 2013
  • 3 responses

By recently admitting more observers, the Arctic Council will likely become more important as a forum for discussions on Arctic issues. However, this does not necessarily mean it will be able to establish itself as a central decision-making body regarding Arctic matters. Read more

US national strategy for the Arctic region: Strong foothold or on thin ice?

  • Source: The Arctic Institute, Center for Circumpolar Security Studies
  • Filed: 23 May 2013

The White House has published its much anticipated national strategy for the Arctic region, which lays out the administration’s strategic priorities for the region but lacks a comprehensive implementation strategy and long-term budgetary plan. Read more

Intelligence brief: Russia forward deploys advanced MiG-31BM “Foxhound” interceptors to Arctic base on Novaya Zemlya Island

  • Source: Open Briefing
  • Filed: 4 October 2012
  • One response

Open Briefing: Russia has forward deployed a squadron of MiG-31BM “Foxhounds” (a two-seat, long-range, supersonic, all-weather interceptor aircraft) to Rogachevo Arctic Airbase off the northern coast of Russia. Read more

From ‘Great Wall’ to ‘Great White North’: Explaining China’s politics in the Arctic

  • Source: European Geostrategy
  • Filed: 20 August 2012

While the Arctic may hold significant economic potential, its riches will not feature prominently in China’s future economic calculations. Instead, the driving force of China’s interest in the region is based on geopolitical considerations. Read more

Climate change and international security: The arctic as a bellwether

  • Source: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • Filed: 7 May 2012

Competition and conflict could become the Arctic reality if cooperative mechanisms cannot keep pace with developments or otherwise prove inadequate to settle international disputes in the region … Read more

Arctic opening: Opportunity and risk in the high north

  • Source: Lloyd's
  • Filed: 16 April 2012

As a result of climate change, the Arctic is becoming ice free for longer periods of the year and this is resulting in more economic activity in the region … Read more


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