Since Canada’s legalization of recreational cannabis, the border running along the 49th parallel has become thicker. American Customs and Border Protection officers fear they are ill-equipped to do their jobs in the face of more Canadians having easy access to the drug. Are we next in line for a border wall?
Since the 1960s onward, in the circumpolar Arctic, a tiny barren islet of just 1.3 km² has been triggering non-negligible tensions between two NATO allies. Indeed, Denmark and Canada are both claiming sovereignty over the Hans Island, a dispute not rooted on claiming the territory but rather on the ability of both nations to exert sovereignty in the Arctic.
Numerous northern states have asserted sovereignty over parts of the Arctic, nevertheless they are often conflicting with other countries or the indigenous nations that reside on the lands. This also means that if any commercial ships were to pass through the waters and come into any danger, there is no sole jurisdiction’s whose responsibility it would be to conduct search and rescue operations.