The Arctic debate touches on a number of important international issues: national security, energy exploration and policy, environmental concerns, and maritime commerce are but a few. The North Pole, the Arctic more generally, is becoming increasingly important to a number of international actors as climate change causes ice to melt and the Arctic's waters become increasingly navigable. The pressure to lay claim to the Canadian North is intense, as countries clamor for the right to firmly plant their flags and lay the foundations for their military bases and research facilities.
Canadians must confront threats to sovereignty that they have not experienced in some years. The Arctic debate is much more than a geopolitical discussion to Canada, however. Indeed, Canada's biggest mistake has been to largely ignore the Arctic region.
- International Relations,
- Nick J. Sciullo,
- North Pole
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