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Another casualty of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is collaboration among Arctic states. The Arctic Council, which includes Russia and seven other Arctic states, has suspended operations because of the war. However, because China has interest in the Arctic, this presents the United States with an opportunity to distance China from Russia.

  • CDR Jeremy Greenwood, federal executive fellow at the Brookings Institution and commander for the U.S. Coast Guard, said there is an opportunity for the United States to focus China on responsible, transparent investment in the Western Arctic states, because China needs stability and Russia does not want China to internationalize the Arctic.
  • Greenwood explained that the Arctic Council is a premier intergovernmental organization designed for pan-Arctic diplomacy and governance and that Russia holds the chairmanship until May of 2023, which has made continuing operations unsustainable.
  • He said a major loss of the Arctic Council is the cutting-edge environmental and climate research it is conducting.

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