This is a photographic lead reporting project in the Arctic regions of Finland and Alaska related to militarization and security adjacent to Russia.
Over the course of 15 years, there has been a geopolitical shift shaped by climate change elevating Arctic nations' policy of security and possible conflict in the Arctic. The narrative each Arctic nation, such as Canada, Norway, Russia, Greenland (Denmark), Sweden, Iceland, United States, and Finland, is focused on is resource extraction, such as oil, fishing, naval transit, and geographic claims to new territory. For the past seven years, Liam Denning has reported on this topic with in-depth research and fieldwork. What’s new is the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which threatens all Arctic cooperation.
What’s important about this story is how the war in Ukraine not only changed Europe, but how it influences the future of the Arctic and how countries adjacent to Russia operate and mobilize security resources in the Polar region. These events will reshape the United States Cold War Alaskan frontline with Russia by growing and adapting its military footprint to prepare for new and future threats.