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Never mind that the melting of the ice cap has a human cause — well mind, but put it aside for the moment.

The Arctic: Source of Conflict or Cooperation?

Tillerson and Lavrov are expected at this week’s meeting of Arctic Council at time of heightened tension

An icebreaker in Russia’s port of Dudinka earlier this month.

An icebreaker in Russia’s port of Dudinka earlier this month. Photo: LEV FEDOSEYEV/TASS/ZUMA PRESS

KITTILA, Finland—In normal times, a meeting of the Arctic Council wouldn’t usually attract much attention.

The intergovernmental forum was established 20 years ago to enable the eight countries with territory inside the Arctic Circle—the U.S., Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland—to discuss how to protect the polar region’s unique environment.

But at a time of heightened geopolitical tension, this week’s meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, carries extra significance. With U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, due to attend, the meeting that begins on Wednesday could have broader strategic consequences—both for the Arctic and the world.

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Speech describes ‘obstacles’ to national security interests, but former official says it shows secretary of state is ‘clueless’

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has said Donald Trump’s “America first” approach to the world means decoupling US foreign policy from values such as human rights and freedom.

Addressing state department diplomats and staff, Tillerson said there were times when insistence that foreign countries abide by US values got in the way of the pursuit of national interests.

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There is probably no statement by a U.S. Secretary of State crazier than what Tillerson said.

It is hard to believe that this is the same State Department Hillary Clinton headed only four plus years ago. Unrecognizable!

Many moons ago I said that Barack Obama should have had Lisa Murkowski over for lunch to congratulate her on her write-in victory.  He did not.  That was a stupid mistake.   A political idiot would have known to do that.  Right.  That includes Trump.  But Hillary would have.

Murkowski is a key figure in our Arctic interests.

I wonder if she will be at Tillerson’s side, as she was at Hillary’s,  at this next Arctic Council event.

Or will they just be ramming through the ice pack to free up the lanes and let Russia drill, baby, drill?

There is common ground. The melting ice caps are an issue.  Protection of the ecosphere is an issue.

We are an Arctic nation. Our values should help form our policies.

Do you still wonder why Russia interfered with our election? Do you think it was for fun?

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