"The Arctic is a key region of the United States with critical influence on the global environment and economy. The Arctic is a peaceful and stable region in the world, and the United States will continue to work with the international community to understand the region, and its impacts on the globe, through coordinated scientific research and traditional knowledge. The importance of the region, coupled with a coordinated approach, provides unique and fresh opportunities for unprecedented regional cooperation and expansion of international governance. The 'National Strategy for the Arctic Region (Strategy)' laid out the United States' priorities for the region; its 'Implementation Plan' then provided clear guidance and responsibilities to achieve milestones associated with the 'Strategy'. This report describes implementation progress along the three lines of effort described in the 'Strategy': (1) Advance United States Security Interests, (2) Pursue Responsible Arctic Region Stewardship, and (3) Strengthen International Cooperation."
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