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Arctic Region: Recent developments & India’s position GS2 – International Relations
Saturday, 21 Sep 2019 00:00 am
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Recent developments

As the Arctic region witnesses an unprecedented rate of ice-melt because of global warming, new routes are being opened, paving the way for untapped hydrocarbon and mineral resources to be exploited.

Unlike the Antarctic, however, the Arctic is not considered a ‘global commons’ and the principle of sovereignty prevents external players from exacting significant gains in the region.

Arctic Council

Territorial claims of the Nations

Arctic Council members

India’s position

Outcome

Conclusion

While India has been active in the Arctic for over ten years, it has not fully made use of its Observer status, and it must give new energy to its activities in the region.