(BBC News) When, like Evon Peter, you know your ancestors have lived, hunted and fished the same land for 14,000 years, the concerns of nations which have existed only for a few hundred can seem trivial. Yet in the Arctic, the proximity of Russia and the US is becoming hard to ignore. On Monday, President Obama flew to Anchorage in Alaska, to address GLACIER. The acronym stands for Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience. […]
"Important as climate change is, I'm not sure for the Arctic it is really the theme to discuss," says Professor Pavel Baev of the Peace Research Institute in Oslo… "Militarisation is really the main priority in Russian policy," said Professor Baev. "Certainly the Arctic neighbours are very concerned about this effort. Russia year by year is increasing its military profile in the Arctic."
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