Canada has been good at exercising “soft power” tactics like diplomacy in the Arctic. What it needs now, says MLI author Aurel Braun, is more military tools like icebreakers and aircraft.

Braun is the co-author, with Stephen Blank, of a new MLI commentary that lays out the challenges for Canada as it competes with Russia for claims to Arctic territory.

“Russia respects power, and without that power, Russia has been very assertive”, says Braun.

The new commentary is another entry in MLI’s Global Security Look Ahead series.