Melting arctic ice photographed 2011

SIPRI: The geopolitics of a changing arctic

In this background paper, Stockholm International Peace Institute (SIPRI) analyst Ekaterina Klimenko looks at the geopolitical and security issues in the Arctic region against a backdrop of unprecedented changes in its physical, social, geo-economic and geopolitical realities. These rapid changes are having a considerable impact on Arctic security. 

This SIPRI paper offers a clear account of the challenges facing states bordering the Arctic as well as others as global warming causes the sea ice disappear and the polar resources to become available.

Read the full paper.

Published December 2019 at