The Arctic: Securing the High Ground

December 4, 2019
Contact: Jessica Jones

National Security Institute Publishes New NSI Law and Policy Paper:
“The Arctic: Securing the High Ground”

Arlington, VA – On December 4, 2019, the National Security Institute (NSI) at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School published its latest NSI Law and Policy Paper, “The Arctic: Securing the High Ground,” by NSI Visiting Fellow James P. Danoy.

This NSI Law and Policy Paper:

  • Describes the changing security dynamic in the Arctic as a result of increased access to the region.
  • Evaluates the actions undertaken by Arctic stakeholders including key U.S. competitors Russia and China.
  • Argues for more robust action by the U.S. in the Arctic to include leveraging key partnerships.
  • Proposes actionable recommendations aimed at the U.S. establishing a credible and persistent presence in the Arctic.

“The U.S. must aggressively exercise its role as an Arctic state in the face of increased assertiveness by global competitors Russia and China to ensure the region’s development is consistent with U.S. national interests,” said Mr. Danoy.

“Jim Danoy has thoughtfully highlighted the need for America’s national security policy makers to make the Arctic a strategic priority.  As he makes clear, the U.S. has options and a failure to act benefits our adversaries,” said NSI Senior Fellow and Associate Director for Global Security Matthew R. A. Heiman.

The paper is available here.
Mr. Danoy’s bio can be found here.

About the National Security Institute
The National Security Institute serves as a platform for research, teaching, scholarship, and policy development that incorporates a realistic assessment of the threats facing the United States and its allies, as well as an appreciation of the legal and practical challenges facing U.S. intelligence, defense, law enforcement, homeland security, and cybersecurity communities.  NSI draws on the experience of its visiting fellows, as well as its highly distinguished advisory board and faculty, to produce timely research and policy materials that deliver insightful analysis and actionable recommendations to senior policymakers in the White House and key departments and agencies, as well as those on Capitol Hill.

About George Mason
George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states.  Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility.

About the Scalia Law School
The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University is defined by three words: Learn. Challenge. Lead. Students receive an outstanding legal education (Learn), are taught to critically evaluate prevailing orthodoxy and pursue new ideas (Challenge), and, ultimately, are well prepared to distinguish themselves in their chosen fields (Lead).  It has been one of America’s top-ranked law schools for the last fifteen years.