"Are Russian nuclear weapons on the rise in the Arctic?"

Borei-class ballistic missile submarine K-535 Yury Dolgoruky (photo courtesy of National Defense Magazine)

Visit our Disarming Arctic Security page for the first installment of Ernie Regehr's briefing papers focussing on military policies and practices in the Arctic region:

Are Russian nuclear weapons
on the rise in the Arctic?

April 11, 2013

The Barrents Observer reported in January that "the number of strategic warheads deployed from the Kola Peninsula is on the rise for the first time since the collapse of the USSR."  Modernization of Russia's sea-based nuclear arsenal, a predominantly Arctic force, is part of a disturbing global trend, but it doesn't necessarily mean an expanded nuclear arsenal in the Arctic.  Continue reading...


Ernie Regehr, O.C. is Senior Fellow in Arctic Security at The Simons Foundation, and Research Fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo.