Not a traditional seasonal image for our Summer issue, but as Caitlyn L. Antrim, executive director of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans, points out in “The Next Geographical Pivot: The Russian Arctic in the Twenty-first Century,” Arctic conditions are severe year-round. However, the fact that global climate changes are making them progressively less so, her article argues, is causing shifts that will become fundamental in the economic, security, and geopolitical realms.
The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) , reportedly the first boat of the Virginia class to operate in the Arctic, on the surface near the North Pole in October 2009.
U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Submarines) 1st Class Hamilton Felt, USN.
Volume 63, Number 3