In Vijay Sakhuja and Kapil Narula (eds), Asia in the Arctic. Singapore, Springer, 2016, pp. 3-13.
From being regarded almost like a restricted area, the Arctic has become a global concern. An important role is played by perceptions, and these are closely linked to awareness and knowledge. Over the last ten years or so there has been a tremendous increase in awareness in the media, in the general public, and knowledge among researchers. Arctic issues are now being discussed with more realism, also in Asia, and business has moved from expecting a bonanza to more sober assessments of the potential. Links between the Arctic and global processes are better understood. Newcomers to the Arctic realize that engagement in concrete activities must be based on bilateral relations with Arctic states. At the same time, it is increasingly recognized that non-Arctic states have legitimate interests and rights in the region.