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Arctic Region: Home

This research guide is intended to provide a starting point to assist you in researching issues related to the Arctic region, in particular Arctic security within a military framework.

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The Arctic Region

The Arctic region is experiencing fast and unprecedented economic, environmental, political, and security challenges. This research guide is intended to provide a starting point to assist you in researching issues related to the Arctic region, in particular Arctic security within a military framework. 

The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013. 

Credit: Map courtesy The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection. Treeline added at NSIDC based on information from National Geographic 1983, Armstrong et al. 1978, and Young 1989.

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Arctic Region Definition

The DoD strategy uses a broad definition of the Arctic, codified in 15 U.S.C. 4111, that includes all U.S. and foreign territory north of the Arctic Circle and all U.S. territory north and west of the boundary formed by the Porcupine, Yukon, and Kuskokwim Rivers; all contiguous seas, including the Arctic Ocean and the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas, and the Aleutian islands chain.

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