April 21, 2021

IntelBrief: Arctic Region Features Prominently in Russia’s Military Strategy

(AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov)

Bottom Line Up Front

  • As great power competition becomes a more prominent feature of geopolitics, the Arctic is viewed by some states as a critical pillar in a return to great power status.
  • Russia portrays its posture in the Arctic as mostly defensive in nature, but Moscow possesses cruise missile and unmanned drone capabilities in the region.
  • The impact of climate change in the Arctic is an important development that many countries are watching closely, with serious economic and security implications.
  • The Arctic was previously treated as a zone of depoliticized cooperation, but given the impetus of great power competition, this appears to be changing rapidly.