Dear reader! Russia is looking for cooperation platforms outside the Arctic Council. At the same time, the Northern Fleet is conducting two military exercises and Pentagon announces an update of its Arctic strategy. Editor-in-Chief Arne O. Holm writes about the increasingly frayed Arctic cooperation. Here is the week as seen from the north.
The Norwegian MFA recently announced that 15 Russian diplomats are expelled from Norway. This takes place a mere month before Norway is due to take over the Arctic Council.
"At the same time, another powerful international alliance is slowly, but systematically moving into the Arctic," writes Editor-in-Chief Arne O. Holm in this week's commentary "Another BRICS in the Wall - or How Walls Are Replacing Cooperation in the Arctic".
He is referring to Trust Arktikugol, the Russian state-owned company on Svalbard, which is going to develop an international Arctic research station in cooperation with the BRICS countries Brazil, India, China, and South Africa.
And just before Easter, we learned that The Pentagon is in the process of updating its Arctic strategy. The previous one is from 2019.
The US is also active in Greenland, where the American air station Thule Air Base has been renamed.
Most Arctic nations have been affected by assimilating and oppressive boarding school policies. Now indigenous community leaders are looking for healing as they brace for the dark truth of a government-led genocide.
Also, do not miss the latest news about a submarine cable system that will connect Scandinavia, North America, Ireland, and Japan through the Arctic region.
Russia is indirectly putting a spanner in the works of Alaska's harvest of pollock and cod. Now Alaska investigates the possibilities for commercial fishing in Arctic waters.
In other news, we will be present at the Arctic conference High North Dialogue in Bodø, Northern Norway, next week, in which the Editor-in-Chief will moderate several debates. (Article only in Norwegian)
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On behalf of the editorial staff, I wish you a wonderful weekend,
Sincerely, News Editor Trine Jonassen