Let’s get nuclear weapons out of the Arctic

EMBASSY, Wednesday, March 17, 2010—10, Opinion

By Michael Wallace, Steven Staples

In a few weeks, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon will host a meeting of foreign ministers of the five Arctic Ocean coastal states in Chelsea, Quebec. There is no shortage of topics for discussion, but chief among them should be increased security co-operation. This co-operation could include finally ending Cold War–era practices that treat the Arctic as a staging ground for nuclear war, especially from nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines patrolling beneath the Arctic Ocean.

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