- Senior Research Fellow+47 47330349
In this project we argue that to understand geopolitical challenges in a changing Arctic, we need to understand the dynamics of emerging spatial disputes over maritime space and related marine resources.
The past decade's rapid technological changes and the growing preoccupation of states with maritime space are prompting a rethink of how we view conflicts and dispute management at sea. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Arctic. Examples include overlapping continental-shelf claims, marine protected areas, the status of Arctic sea lanes, and the distribution of transboundary fish stocks.
However, research on maritime disputes tends to be case-oriented and is rarely seen in relation to inter-state conflicts, international law and political geography. Moreover, maritime disputes have often been dismissed as peripheral in the conflict literature or treated on a par with disputes on land.
What determines the emergence and evolution of disputes over marine resources and maritime space in the Arctic? What factors prompt changes in these dynamics? What can this tell us about conflict management and resolution more generally in the maritime domain?
In this project we examine disputes within several jurisdictional areas of coastal-state ocean space: exclusive economic zones, continental shelves and the high sea. Combining various branches of social studies - international relations, international law, political geography and conflict studies - we take an innovative approach to explaining the geopolitical and geoeconomic dimensions of emerging maritime disputes among Arctic states.
The findings will not only have relevance for the Arctic, but also for other maritime domains experiencing rapid environmental, economic and political change.
Project period: 2020-2022
- Research Professor+47 92696167
- Senior Policy Analyst+47 47476508
- Research Professor+47 47478351
- Senior Research Fellow+47 90021931
- Senior Research Fellow+47 90123004
- The Research Council of Norway
PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS
Arktika i Sever, No 40, 2020, pp. 183-205. In Russian.
Marine Policy, Vol 120, October 2020, 9 p.
In J. Weber (ed), Handbook on Geopolitics and Security in the Arctic. Springer, 2020, pp. 171-191.
International Relations, published online 13.05.2020, 21 p. DOI: 10.1177/0047117820920915
In Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Marc Lanteigne Horatio Godfrey Sam-Aggrey (eds), Routledge Handbook of Arctic Security, Routledge, 2020, pp. 221-234
In Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Marc Lanteigne and Horatio Godfrey Sam-Aggrey (eds), Routledge Handbook of Arctic Security. Routledge, 2020, pp. 283-294.
Aftenposten, 29.10.20. In Norwegian.
In A. Orsini and Jean-Frederic Morin (eds), Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance. Routledge, 2020
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Stockholm
High North News, 30 June 2020. In Norwegian.
Morgenbladet, 21 May 2020. In Norwegian.
The Security Times, February 2020.
TAI Bookshelf Podcast – Coast Guards Politics in the Arctic with Andreas Østhagen
- L’Alce e il dragone: Il complicato rapporto tra Cina e Norvegia ('The moose and the dragon: The complicated relationship between China and Norway')
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.
A Deep-Diving Sub. A Deadly Fire. And Russia’s Secret Undersea Agenda.
The New York Times, 20 April 2020.