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Zone of peace or military tension?

How Goes the Arctic?

July 2021, Number 11.03

“The Arctic region, typically known as bitter cold, remote and inaccessible, is the fastest warming place on Earth, both physically and politically. After more than two decades of the High North being mostly disengaged from traditional strategic concerns, the question of whether the Arctic might be viewed as an arena for military competition has reappeared. As the phenomenon of great power competition intensifies, this area of the world is becoming a testing ground for the world’s new geopolitics. The authors presented in this issue laid out several matters that may contribute to great power competition and give rise to tensions in the region as well as noting possible mechanisms and institutions for cooperation...”

Excerpt from Robert J. Newbauer, “How Goes the Arctic?” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 11, No. 3, 2021: 60-63.

Lt. Col. Robert J. Newbauer, U.S. Army, is a U.S. Army War College fellow at the Marshall Center. He attended the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and has master’s degrees in geological engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and engineering management from Old Dominion University. He recently commanded the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, from where he deployed to Operation Spartan Shield in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility and for Defender-Europe 20 in the U.S. European Command’s area of responsibility.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.