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Climate Change and New Security Threats in the Arctic

The aim of this project is to analyse and discuss various impacts climate change could have in respect to security and military operations in Arctic waters.

Climate change impacts such as a receding ice edge and more extreme weather will pave the way for a new socio-economic environment in the Arctic and will call for new security concepts, policies and strategies. The project adresses policy response and military perceptions in the US, Russia, Denmark, Canada and Norway. Both the potential impact from climate change and the operational response are analysed. A central ambition is to discuss how a new military and security environment will affect Norway.

Project leader: Svein Vigeland Rottem

Project period: 2009-2010


Jensen, Øystein and Svein Vigeland Rottem, International Law and Security Policy Perspectives in Norway's Northern Sea Areas. Security Brief 3-2010. Oslo, The Norwegian Atlantic Committe, 4 p.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Klima og sikkerhet i Arktis' ('Climate and Security in the Arctic'). Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 68, No 2, 2010, pp. 183-204. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Øystein Jensen and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Sitting on Top of the World: The Arctic Seen through Norwegian Lenses'. In Viviane du Castel (ed), Le Grand Nord: Un nouvel enjeu trés courtisé. L'exemple de la mer de Barents, Norvége. Paris, L'Harmattan, 2010, pp. 19-30.

Jensen, Øystein and Svein Vigeland Rottem. 'The Politics of Security and International Law in Norway's Arctic Waters'. Polar Record, Vol 46, 2010, pp. 75-83.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Overdrivelser om Arktis' ('Exaggerations about the Arctic'), Nordlys, 5 October 2009. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Makt og rett i nord' ('Power and Law in the High North'), Nordlys, 26 June 2009. In Norwegian.
 Related focal points of research:

   Arctic and Russian politics

Project funding:

   Norwegian Ministry of Defence

 Recent relevant FNI News:

FNI-artikkel om klima og sikkerhet i Arktis nominert til Årets tidsskriftartikkel 2010 ('FNI Article Nominated to the Norwegian Peer Review Article of the Year Prize for 2010'). In Norwegian. (01.06.2011)

No "Armed Mad Dash for Resources" Foreseen in the Arctic (17.12.09)

 Recent media coverage:

'Research Report Foresees No 'Armed Mad Dash for Resources' in the Arctic', ScienceDaily, 04.01.2010.

'No Armed Conflict Over the Arctic', Softpedia, 04.01.2010.

'Ikke verdt å gå til krig om ressurser i Arktis' ('Not Worth It to Go to War over Arctic Resources'), VG, 02.01.2010. In Norwegian.

'Military dispute over Arctic resources unlikely', IceNews, 29 December 2009.

'V Arktike ne ozhidaetsya voyn za resursy' ('No armed fight for resources foreseen in the Arctic'), Ryba Kamchatskogo kraya, 18 December 2009. In Russian.

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