This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest examines Russia’s Arctic policy. The three authors consider different aspects of this policy and approach to the Arctic. Elana Wilson Rowe provides an introduction to the politics of the Russian North, and outlines the tension between an ‘open’ and ‘closed’ North. Marlene Laruelle discusses the impact of demographics on the Russian Arctic and immigration to and emigration from this region. Dmitry Gorenburg analyses Russia’s military and security strategy in the Arctic.