Washington DC, 7 October 2022 (TDI): The new National Strategy for the Arctic Region by the United States outlines a positive US agenda for the years 2022-2032. The United States desires a peaceful, stable, prosperous, and cooperative Arctic region.

Arctic Region

The Arctic, which is home to almost four million people, vast natural resources, and distinct ecosystems, is undergoing a profound transformation.

Instigated by climate change, this upheaval will threaten Arctic lives while generating new economic opportunities.

As an Arctic nation, the United States bears responsibility for the governance and protection of this territory, particularly during this era of transition.

To fulfill this vision, the updated strategy from 2013 addresses the climate catastrophe with increasing urgency and directs additional investments in sustainable development to improve the standard of living of Arctic communities while saving the ecosystem.

US National Strategy for the Arctic Region

The United States will enhance its interests in the Arctic through four interdependent, mutually reinforcing pillars encompassing both domestic and international concerns.

The United States would prevent threats to its homeland and allies by increasing the capabilities necessary to defend its interests in the Arctic while coordinating shared approaches to security with friends and partners and limiting risks of unintended escalation.

As necessary, the United States will maintain a presence in the Arctic in order to protect the American people and defend its sovereign territory.

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The U.S. government will collaborate with Alaskan communities and the State of Alaska to build resilience to the impacts of climate change.

It will also work to reduce emissions from the Arctic as part of broader global mitigation efforts, enhancing scientific understanding, and conserving Arctic ecosystems.

The United States will promote sustainable economic development and improve the livelihoods of Alaskans, particularly Alaska Native communities, by investing in infrastructure, enhancing access to services, and supporting developing economic sectors.

In addition, the US will collaborate with allies and partners to expand high-quality investment and sustainable development throughout the Arctic.

Despite the challenges to Arctic cooperation posed by the Russian-Ukraine crisis, the United States will work to sustain Arctic cooperation institutions, including the Arctic Council. Furthermore, the US will also endeavor to uphold international law, rules, norms, and standards.

The purpose of this plan is to provide a framework for the U.S. government’s approach to addressing rising challenges and possibilities in the Arctic.