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Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic

Edited by Leif Christian Jensen, Senior Research Fellow and Geir Hønneland, Research Professor and Director, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
The Arctic has again become one of the leading issues on the international foreign policy agenda, in a manner unseen since the Cold War. Drawing on the perspectives of geo-politics and international law, this Handbook offers fresh insights and perspectives on the most pressing issues, grouped under the headings of political ascendancy, climate and environmental issues, resources and energy, and the response and policies of affected countries.
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Publication Date: 2015
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The Arctic has again become one of the leading issues on the international foreign policy agenda, in a manner unseen since the Cold War. Drawing on the perspectives of geopolitics and international law, this Handbook offers fresh insights and perspectives on the most pressing issues, grouped under the headings of political ascendancy, climate and environmental issues, resources and energy, and the response and policies of affected countries.

With the combined expertise of leading scholars in international relations and international law of the Arctic, the book covers key topics such as climate change, energy, indigenous issues, jurisdiction, marine resources, pollution and preparedness, and emergency response.

Students, academics, political scientists and international lawyers working on Arctic affairs will find this ground breaking Handbook to be of essential reading. It will also be of interest to other social scientists, such as geographers, sociologists, and anthropologists.
‘This Handbook marks a considerable achievement by the contributors, and the editors in particular, and is a welcome addition to the literature on the Arctic. The book strikes the right balance between the breadth of issues, states and interested parties covered and the depth that they are covered in. The range collected here is noteworthy in its empirical richness and should prove educational to postgraduate scholars, academics and policy practitioners, and in fact, anyone with a desire to have an up-to-date collection about the present political situation in the Arctic.’
– Sage Journals

‘This Handbook examines main fields / sections of Arctic politics from the point of view of the five littoral states of the Arctic (Ocean). Also an indigenous approach, which is relevant in the Arctic and unique in the global context, is discussed in a few chapters. I can recommend the book to post-graduate students, political and social scientists and international lawyers, who are already familiar with basic issues on the fields of international politics / IR, political science, international law, environmental politics, as well as the Arctic.’
– Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland, Finland and Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security

‘This up-to-date and wide-ranging collection provides a cornucopia of information that will be indispensable for all those seeking to understand the profound changes occurring both in the Arctic itself and in the relationship between the Arctic and the rest of the world.’
– Oran Young, University of California (Santa Barbara), US

‘Decision-makers and academics interested in the politics of the Arctic should have this book to hand. It is a fascinating collection of well-researched chapters on the geopolitics, international law and institutions of the Arctic and national Arctic strategies. The authors, drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, cover subjects reflecting their expertise in this superbly edited volume.’
– Clive Archer, Advisory Council, Arctic Forum Foundation
Contributors: P. Aalto, A. Bambulyak, N. Bankes, W.A. Berbrick, A. Bergman Rosamond, R.G. Bertelsen, L.-A. Broadhead, R. Churchill, D. Depledge, K. Dodds, N.C. Fabbi, P. Graczyk, A.H. Hoel, G. Hønneland, I. Jaakkola, L.C. Jensen, Ø. Jensen, J.C. Justinussen, E.C.H. Keskitalo, T. Koivurova, P.W. Lackenbauer, M. Łuszczuk, T.L. McDorman, J. Manicom, E. Mason, T.L. Mcdorman, H.N. Nicol, M. Nuttall, T. Palosaari, D.R. Rothwell, C. Schofield, C. Smits, O.S. Stokke, A.K. Sydnes, M. Sydnes, M. Tennberg, N. Tynkkynen, D.L. VanderZwaag, N. Wegge, E. Whitsitt, M. Willis, B.S. Zellen, K. Zysk









Contents:

Preface

PART I GEOPOLITICS AND STRATEGIC RESOURCES
1. Energy as a Developmental Strategy: Creating Knowledge-Based Energy Sectors in Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland
Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Jens Christian Justinussen and Coco Smits

2. Strengthening US Arctic Policy through US-Russia Maritime Cooperation
Walter A. Berbrick

3. Canada’s Arctic Agenda: Failing to Make a Case for Economic Development as an International Strategy in the Circumpolar North?
Heather N. Nicol

4. Oil-Spill Response in the Russian Arctic
Alexei Bambulyak, Are Kristoffer Sydnes and Maria Sydnes

5. Arctic Securitization and Climate Change
Teemu Palosaari and Nina Tynkkynen

6. Subsurface Politics: Greenlandic Discourses on Extractive Industries
Mark Nuttall

7. Arctic Energy Policy: Global, International, Transnational and Regional Levels
Pami Aalto and Iida Jaakkola

PART II LAW OF THE SEA
8. The Exploitation and Management of Marine Resources in the Arctic: Law, Politics and the Environmental Challenge
Robin Churchill

9. Arctic Marine Mammals in International Environmental Law and Trade Law
Nigel Bankes and Elizabeth Whitsitt

10. Maritime Limits and Boundaries in the Arctic Ocean: Agreements and Disputes
Ted L. Mcdorman and Clive Schofield

11. The Seaward Limits of the Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles in the Arctic Ocean: Legal Framework and State Practice
Øystein Jensen

12. Arctic Sovereignty and its Legal Significance for Canada
Donald R. Rothwell

PART III ARCTIC INSTITUTIONS AND SPECIFIC FIELDS OF CO-OPERATION
13. Oceans Governance, The Arctic Council and Ecosystem-Based Management
Alf Håkon Hoel

14. Canadian Sovereignty Versus Northern Security: The Case for Updating our Mental Map of the Arctic
Lee-Ann Broadhead

15. The Arctic Council
Piotr Graczyk and Timo Koivurova

16. Institutional Complexity in Arctic Governance: Curse or Blessing?
Olav Schram Stokke

17. Controlling the Long-Range Transport of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) into the Arctic: Progressions and Political Parings
Emily Mason and David L. VanderZwaag

18. From Ilulissat to Kiruna: Managing the Arctic Council and the Contemporary Geopolitics of the Arctic
Klaus Dodds

19. How We Learned to Stop Worrying about China’s Arctic Ambitions: Understanding China’s Admission to the Arctic Council, 2004-2013
Matthew Willis and Duncan Depledge

20. Arctic Change Through a Political Reading
Monica Tennberg

21. The Role of Discourse Analysis in Understanding Spatial Systems
E. Carina H. Keskitalo

PART IV NATIONAL APPROACHES TO THE ARCTIC
22. Russia Turns North, Again: Interests, Policies and the Search for Coherence
Katarzyna Zysk

23. Norway’s Approach to the Arctic: Policies and Discourse
Geir Hønneland and Leif Christian Jensen

24. Inuit Foreign Policy and International Relations in the Arctic
Nadine C. Fabbi

25. The Kingdom of Denmark and the Arctic
Annika Bergman Rosamond

26. Asian States and the Arctic: National Perspectives on Regional Governance
P. Whitney Lackenbauer and James Manicom

27. The European Union’s Arctic Policy
Njord Wegge

28. Where East and West Converge: The US Embrace of Collaborative Security for the Arctic
Barry Scott Zellen

29. Evolution of Poland’s Approach Towards the Arctic: From International Scientific Cooperation to Science Diplomacy
Michał Łuszczuk

Index