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Eyes on the Arctic: The US's pivot north

from World Policy Institute

Let's face it. The Arctic is not part of America’s collective imagination. Yes, we recognize that the state of Alaska legitimizes our claim as an Arctic nation, but it's so terribly far away. Maps of the United States sometimes depict Alaska plopped centered atop the lower 48, looking a bit like a headless creature with one leg circling toward Russia via the Aleutian Islands. Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas, and a flight from Juneau to Barrow is 1,100 flight miles as the crow flies. For that flight you'd have to pass through Canadian air space. more

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