Arctic conflict isn't coming

Although there will certainly be huge investments exploiting the region’s resources, there won't be any significant role for the armed forces in the Arctic. Here's why.

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Thursday, 08/02/2012 12:00 am EDT

Russian television contacted me last night asking me to go on a programme about the race for Arctic resources. The ice is melting fast, and it was all the usual stuff about how there will be big strategic conflicts over the seabed resources—especially oil and gas—that become accessible when it’s gone.

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