Northern expert: Put up or shut up with your Arctic conflict theory

OPINION: Those who warn of the risk of conflict in the Arctic must accept a higher standard of proof for those claims. They must be specific, and provide likely locations, assets, actors and circumstances. They must explain why it is naïve to expect a lack of conflict in a region that has seen none for 75 years. And they must explain not only how Russian could, but why Russia would provoke conflict in the Arctic.

Northern expert: Put up or shut up with your Arctic conflict theory

OPINION: Those who warn of the risk of conflict in the Arctic must accept a higher standard of proof for those claims. They must be specific, and provide likely locations, assets, actors and circumstances. They must explain why it is naïve to expect a lack of conflict in a region that has seen none for 75 years. And they must explain not only how Russian could, but why Russia would provoke conflict in the Arctic.

Heather Exner-Pirot: The Arctic Council's Capacity Challenge

ANALYSIS: While the six Arctic indigenous groups who are Arctic Council permanent participants share most of the same rights and privileges enjoyed by member states, it is plainly obvious that they do not have the same ability to contribute to its work. And this gap has only widened as the work of the Arctic Council has expanded.

Heather Exner-Pirot: The Arctic Council's Capacity Challenge

ANALYSIS: While the six Arctic indigenous groups who are Arctic Council permanent participants share most of the same rights and privileges enjoyed by member states, it is plainly obvious that they do not have the same ability to contribute to its work. And this gap has only widened as the work of the Arctic Council has expanded.

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