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  • Flags of the twelve nations that first signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1959 around the red and white ceremonial pole at the South Pole in Antarctica, December 5, 2018, photo by Mike Lucibella/Public Domain

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    Arctic Governance Is in Trouble. The Antarctic Could Be Next

    The war in Ukraine has shattered the myth that the polar regions are somehow immune from global geopolitics. If Arctic governance is in trouble, the Antarctic could follow.

    Dec 7, 2022

  • Drift ice camp in the middle of the Arctic Ocean as seen from the deck of icebreaker Xue Long, July 2010, photo by Timo Palo/Wikimedia Commons

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    What Does China's Arctic Presence Mean to the United States?

    China has declared itself a “near-Arctic state,” a designation it invented to push for a greater role in Arctic governance. Although the U.S. sees China as a potentially destabilizing force, engaging with China in the Arctic does not have to be a win-or-lose proposition. There are opportunities to cooperate—on climate change, for example, or pollution control.

    Dec 29, 2022

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