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Contesting the Arctic: Rethinking Politics in the Circumpolar North

Contesting the Arctic: Rethinking Politics in the Circumpolar North

By Phil Steinberg, Jeremy Tasch, Hannes Gerhardt, and Adam Keul

I. B. Tauris, 2015, 224 pp.

As the Arctic melts, various ideas about the region are being carried along in the runoff. Depending on whom you ask, the Arctic is either a swath of frozen emptiness; one of the last remaining bastions of untouched nature, which needs to be protected; a resource frontier, for which great powers must scramble; or another strategic theater in the showdown between Russia and the West. In varying degrees, the Arctic is all of the above. But as global warming opens the area up for business, the “scramble” narrative seems to have eclipsed all the others—to the region’s detriment.

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  • ANDREAS KUERSTEN is a law clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) and a Fellow at the Arctic Summer College. The views expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent those of CAAF or the U.S. government.
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