Singapore: A Tangential but Constructive Player in the Arctic
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At first glance, Singapore would appear to be an unlikely candidate for any discussion of the Arctic. Yet, in recent years, Singapore has cast its eyes to the High North, driven largely by concerns over climate change and polar ice melt, and it seeks, as much as possible, to be an active player in political and economic developments affecting the Arctic region. Singapore’s interests in the Arctic mainly revolve around environmental, trade and business, and global governance issues. The importance that Singapore puts on global governance is the most powerful reason for its membership in the Arctic Council and for its growing interest in general how changes in the region might affect the country. In this regard, Singapore has pursued a two-pronged approach to the Arctic: to assist in whatever way possible within the Arctic Council and the region itself, and to gain a better understanding of how changes in the Arctic may affect Singapore. Overall, the country’s attachments to the Arctic region will remain tangential, but Singapore will also engage in a proactive and constructive approach to the region’s problems.
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