March 25, 2014

Emerging Arctic Security Challenges

In "Emerging Arctic Security Challenges," Dr. James Kraska and Dr. Betsy Baker identify emerging security challenges for the Arctic region. The authors note that, "By devoting serious human and financial resources to national efforts and international cooperation in the region, the United States can lead and shape, rather than be shaped by, the circumstances of rapid Arctic change." The brief recommends that by investing in the Arctic – carefully, thoughtfully and with sensitivity to the region’s ecology and people – it "holds out the promise of an enterprise with relatively low investments and high rewards in terms of regional prosperity and stability.

About the Authors

James Kraska is Mary Derrickson McCurdy visiting scholar at Duke University Marine Laboratory and senior fellow at the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia School of Law. Betsy Baker is associate professor of law and senior fellow for Oceans and Energy at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School.


  • Betsy Baker

  • James Kraska

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