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"Wake" with Luke Vargas

Wake with Luke Vargas is an hour-long weekly radio broadcast that explores how overseas developments affect the United States. 

Launched in 2017 by Luke Vargas, TMN's chief foreign correspondent, Wake aims to introduce American news audiences to pressing global developments likely to impact domestic policy, but which may not dominate the cable news cycle.

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Apr 23, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin presented his vision for Russia’s development of the Arctic earlier this month. He predicted commercial use of a northern sea route connecting Europe and Asia via the Arctic Ocean would increase four-fold by 2025 and he promised Russia would be there to make the new shipping lane “safe and commercially feasible.”

But as the Arctic ice pack thins, the region could be used for more than shipping. Russia is reopening and modernizing a number of Soviet-era Arctic military bases and claiming vast tracts of the continental shelf as its own.

This week on Wake we’ll consider whether Russia’s Arctic ambitions make the region ripe for future conflict.

Helping us do that are this week's guests:

  • Lassi Heininen, research Director, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth Research, University of Helsinki
  • Suzanne Lalonde, professor of public international law, University of Montreal

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Taped: April 18, 2019.

Hosted by Luke Vargas.