White House releases 2022 National Strategy for the Arctic region

Hot of the press, the White House has released its 2022 National Strategy for the Arctic Region. The fifteen-page strategy outlines four pillars:

  1. Security
  2. Climate Change and Environmental Protection
  3. Sustainable Economic Development
  4. International Cooperation and Governance

Work on the pillars will be guided by five principles

  1. Consult, Coordinate, and Co-Manage with Alaska Native Tribes and Communities
  2. Deepen Relationships with Allies and Partners
  3. Plan for Long Lead-Time Investments
  4. Cultivate Cross-Sectoral Coalitions and Innovative Ideas
  5. Commit to a Whole of Government, Evidence-Based Approach

A brief fact sheet was also provided which explicitly acknowledged increased competition with Russia and China in the region:

“This strategy, an update of its 2013 predecessor, addresses the climate crisis with greater urgency and directs new investments in sustainable development to improve livelihoods for Arctic residents, while conserving the environment. It also accounts for increasing strategic competition in the Arctic, exacerbated by Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine and the People’s Republic of China’s increased efforts to garner influence in the region, and seeks to position the United States to both effectively compete and manage tensions.”