Concerns Rise Over Governance Gap in Arctic

The New Security Beat published an article titled, “Concerns Rise Over Governance Gap in Arctic”. The article reads in part as follows:

“We’re attempting to do something that’s never been done before in world history,” said Senator Angus King (I-ME). “The peaceful development of a major new physical asset.” He spoke of the Arctic Ocean at the 8th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations. The symposium was hosted by the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute, in partnership with the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, U.S. National Ice Center, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, Patuxent Partnership, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

“The basic question is: ‘How do we discover the Arctic without the Peloponnesian War?’” said Sen. King, alluding to the history of the Mediterranean Sea. Both he and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), founding members of the Senate Arctic Caucus, framed the discussion, which was focused on growing security issues in the Arctic. They noted that increasing militarization and investment in the area is of particular concern, as no entities with the authority to enforce conflict resolution or sustainable development initiatives exist yet. Also on the agenda was discussion of the lack of infrastructure on the U.S. side of the Arctic. Even as activity continues to increase, no national institution has the capability to respond to accidents or environmental emergencies, said Sen. Murkowski.

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