Five Issues at Stake in the Arctic


By Dmitri Trenin

The Arctic is the most graphic example of climate change impacting geopolitics. A whole vast region, previously permanently icebound, is opening up for commercial navigation and energy exploration. The international community stands before a range of new opportunities, but it is also faced with a series of issues waiting to be resolved. The question now is whether these challenges will promote global cooperation or foster dangerous competition in the Arctic.

Lithuania and Poland seek closer military ties with Ukraine

Poland and Lithuania are working with Ukraine to establish stronger trilateral military ties after the recent political transition in Kiev. Knowing that NATO membership for Ukraine is unlikely because of resistance from other European countries and Russia, Warsaw and Vilnius — two of Europe’s strongest advocates for closer relations with Kiev — hope to use the trilateral partnership to strengthen the Ukrainian military’s Western orientation and build a closer alliance with Kiev, STRATFOR reported.