NEWPORT, R.I. – U.S. Naval War College (NWC) professor Cmdr. James Kraska recently published "Arctic Security in an Age of Climate Change."
According to Kraska, his book is the first to examine Arctic defense policy and military security from the perspective of all eight Arctic states.
“Each nation has differing, and sometimes competing, economic, political and military interests in the region,” Kraska stated, “and yet there is no contemporary volume that explores and compares these interests in a comprehensive fashion.”
In the book, Kraska explores the ascent of Russia as the first “Arctic superpower,” the growing importance of polar security for NATO and the Nordic states, as well as the increasing role of Canada and the United States.
“Because the climate in the Arctic is changing faster than any other region on Earth, nations will have greater access to the shipping lanes and underwater living and nonliving resources as the ice melts in coming decades,” said Kraska.
"Arctic Security in an Age of Climate Change” highlights the relationship between maritime power and law of the sea, in addition to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which provides an essential framework for the rule of law in the Arctic.
“Most nations, including Russia, have a fairly solid record of compliance with international law in the Arctic, and several Arctic nations can do a better job in this regard,” said Kraska.
Kraska serves as the Howard S. Levie Chair of Operational Law in NWC's International Law Department. He also wrote, "Maritime Power and the Law of the Sea: Expeditionary Operations in World Politics."
NOTE: The views expressed in this publication are the author's own, and do not speak for the U.S. Naval War College. Additionally, his views do not reflect the official position of the U.S. Naval War College, the Department of the Navy or Department of Defense or any other organization of the U.S. government.
From Naval War College Public Affairs