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Few places have been the source of as much speculation, hype, and broad statements as the Arctic region at the start of the 21st century. Propelled to the agenda by climate change, flag-plantings and resource appraisals a decade ago, the Arctic continues to lure researchers and journalists to venture northwards to ‘the next great game’.
However, scholars have now debunked the notion of ‘resource wars’ in the North. Oil and gas resources – both onshore and offshore – are located the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) or territories of the Arctic states themselves, as approximately 90% of the oil and gas resources of the circumpolar North are under the control of the littoral states. Nevertheless, notions of Arctic conflict and great power politics over the North Pole keep emerging on the political and news agenda.
This project asks: Why is it so, and how accurate are such descriptions? How do the various Arctic countries - with an emphasis on the coastal states - really perceive the security situation in the north? And what room for action exists to establish new forms of security policy dialogue in the north?
Project period: 2020
FNI PROJECT LEADER
Norwegian Ministry of Defence, Research Support Programme
PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS
In K. Spohr, Davis S. Hamilton and Jason Moyer (eds), The Arctic and World Order. Brookings Institution Press, 2020, pp. 357-378.
Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 78, No 4, 2020, pp. 466-477. In Norwegian.
Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 78, No 4, 2020, pp. 445-455
In Thomas S. Axeworthy, Sara French and Emily Tsui eds), Lessons from the Arctic: The Role of Regional Governments in International Affairs. Mosaic Press, 2020, pp. 134-158.
Morgenladet, 27.11.20. In Norwegian
Fridtjof Nansens Institutt, 2020
Morgenbladet, 21 May 2020. In Norwegian.
RELATED RESEARCH AREA(S)
Intensive High North Diplomacy at Work to Ensure the Future of the Arctic Council
High North News, December 7, 2022.
Stormaktsspillet i nord: hvor mye snakker Norge og Russland sammen?
NRK Helgemorgen, 27.02.21. In Norwegian
U.S. to Speed Up Its Icebreaker Program, May Develop Nuclear Arctic Vessels
High North News, 11 June 2020.
Utenrikspolitikken som forsvant i isen ('The foreign policy that disappeared in the ice')
NUPIpodden, 25 May 2020. In Norwegian.
Militærøvelse i Norskehavet ('Military exercise in the Norwegian Sea')
NRK TV, 5 May 2020. In Norwegian.
– Norge må følge nøye med på det som skjer i Arktis ('- Norway must keep an eye on what is happening in the Arctic')
NRK, 5 May 2020. In Norwegian.