The Return of Realpolitik?
The deepening crisis in Ukraine may spill over to the Arctic
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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The Arctic is not shielded from
global dynamics in general and political crises in particular. The crisis in
Ukraine may potentially have profound direct and indirect impacts on Arctic
cooperation and development. For example, the crisis may affect Arctic political
cooperation in the context of the Arctic Council, which Finland will chair in
2017-2019. However, it may very well be that the economic logic will prevail
over the worsening relationship between Russia and the West in the region. In
any case, it must be understood that the Arctic is one political theatre among
others where the contemporary great game among major powers is played out.