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The UK and the Arctic: Forward defence

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posted on 19.11.2019, 10:21 by Duncan Depledge, Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, James Rogers
The United Kingdom (UK) is not an Arctic state, but over the past decade its policies towards the region have developed in significant ways. Since 2013 the British Government has published two Arctic Policy Frameworks, setting out commitments to working cooperatively with the Arctic states and other stakeholders to ensure that as climate change occurs the region remains peaceful. In 2019, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) committed to publishing an Arctic Defence Strategy, that would “put the Arctic and the High North central to the security of the United Kingdom”. This article examines the evolution of UK defence interests in the Arctic, whilst also highlighting the emergence of a significant Scottish dimension in UK Arctic affairs.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Arctic Yearbook 2019

Publisher

Northern Research Forum and the University of the Arctic Thematic Network (TN) on Geopolitics and Security

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

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The Arctic Yearbook is open access. Readers may download, distribute,photocopy, cite or excerpt this Arctic Yearbook material provided it is properly and fully credited however we do not allow commercial use or the making of derivatives.

Publication date

2019-11-12

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

2298–2418

Language

en

Editor(s)

Lassi Heininen

Depositor

Dr Duncan Depledge. Deposit date: 15 November 2019

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