Harper’s Arctic tour conceals shift in circumpolar politics | Alaska Dispatch – BLOG

In the midst of the hoopla for Stephen Harper’s 8th annual Arctic trip this year, two extremely interesting things took place, and neither of them involves an honorary Canadian Ranger status.

The first is that, with very little fuss, the Russians (!) were invited to observe this year’s Operation Nanook. Op Nanook is the “premier annual Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operation held in Canada’s North”, held since 2007, and took place this year from August 2 to 23 in Whitehorse, Cornwallis Island, King William Island, and Resolution Island.

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