Navigating the Arctic’s 7Cs: U.S. Coast Guard advancing America’s interests in the Arctic

The Arctic Ocean joins the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific Ocean as a critical geographic component of the United States’s maritime ring of economic, homeland, and national security. The Coast Guard will serve an increasingly important role in protecting U.S. interests in the region, advancing commerce, ensuring national and civil security, and providing critical surface presence in a dynamically changing diplomatic and environmental landscape. The author has proposed a new framework to re-conceptualize the evolving situation. The framework’s 7Cs are: Climate, Commodities, Commerce, Connectivity, Communities, Cooperation, and Competition. In the Arctic, physical and political presence is mandatory. The United States will not be well positioned to address the realities of a changing Arctic and shape the future of this region unless it creates a comprehensive, science-driven, fact-based, coordinated, and integrated national policy to navigate the Arctic’s 7Cs.


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  • Accession Number: 01784059
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 1 2021 10:05AM