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Interesting how all the countries refute publicly the urgency of establishing Arctic sovereignty, while their domestic activities show just how important the Arctic is to them...

Indeed: national energy/economic security seems to (unfortunately) be the principal objective while most other issues are second order. Once arctic rim states and other economic players establish favourable conditions, environmental security can be pushed forward on the agenda. This is pure pessimism -hopefully state and non-state actors in this "great game" can challenge contemporary governance structures and (for once) apply precautionary measures while they/WE still can.

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