Akcayoz De Neve, Pinar, Adam Heal, and Henry Lee. "Security of the Arctic - As the U.S. Takes Over the Arctic Council Leadership in 2015." Policy Brief, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, June 2015.


Triggered by climate change and the melting of its ice shield, the Arctic's new maritime accessibility has raised serious questions about sovereignty and accountability, while fueling controversies over territorial boundaries. In short, the Arctic's significance is increasing both as an international arena where countries can exert power on each other and as a frontier for environmental challenges - particulary climate change.