Russia's High Ambitions and Ambivalent Activities in the Arctic

Conference Paper

Baev, Pavel K. 2011 Russia's High Ambitions and Ambivalent Activities in the Arctic, presented at Carnegie Council Program on US Global Engagement, , 7 September.

Political passions about laying claims on the Arctic shelf have been driven primarily by the far from noble greed centered on exploiting presumably vast and newly-available natural resources—first of all, hydrocarbons.

The tentative shift to cooperation from geopolitical competition (which appeared real in the late-2000s, but was actually rather experimental) has been driven not by Moscow's principled pro-Western choice, but rather by opportunism.

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