International Relations and the Arctic: Understanding Policy and Governance

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Robert W. Murray, Anita Dey Nuttall
Cambria Press, Jun 26, 2014 - Political Science - 742 pages

 Increased global interest in the Arctic poses challenges to contemporary international relations and many questions surround exactly why and how Arctic countries are asserting their influence and claims over their northern reaches and why and how non-Arctic states are turning their attention to the region. Despite the inescapable reality in the growth of interest in the Arctic, relatively little analysis on the international relations aspects of such interest has been done. Traditionally, international relations studies are focused on particular aspects of Arctic relations, but to date there has been no comprehensive effort to explain the region as a whole. Literature on Arctic politics is mostly dedicated to issues such as development, the environment and climate change, or indigenous populations. International relations, traditionally interested in national and international security, has been mostly silent in its engagement with Arctic politics. Essential concepts such as security, sovereignty, institutions, and norms are all key aspects of what is transpiring in the Arctic, and deserve to be explained in order to better comprehend exactly why the Arctic is of such interest. The sheer number of states and organizations currently involved in Arctic international relations make the region a prime case study for scholars, policymakers and interested observers. In this first systematic study of Arctic international relations, Robert W. Murray and Anita Dey Nuttall have brought together a group of the world's leading experts in Arctic affairs to demonstrate the multifaceted and essential nature of circumpolar politics. This book is core reading for political scientists, historians, anthropologists, geographers and any other observer interested in the politics of the Arctic region.


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About the author (2014)

 Robert W. Murray is Vice President of Research at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Alberta. He holds a number of fellowships, including a senior fellowship at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, a research fellowship at the University of Calgary’s Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, and a research fellowship at the University of Alberta’s European Union Centre of Excellence. He is also a contributing editor for E-International Relations and a columnist for Troy Media. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Alberta, and his book publications include Into the Eleventh Hour: R2P, Syria and Humanitarianism in CrisisLibya, the Responsibility to Protect and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention; and System, Society & the World: Exploring the English School of International Relations.

Anita Dey Nuttall is associate director of the Canadian Circumpolar Institute at the University of Alberta. She studied history at Delhi University and undertook graduate work in international relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She holds a PhD in polar ecology and management from the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the interface between science and politics in the Polar Regions. In particular, she works on Canada’s approach to Antarctica, Canada’s strategy for polar science and its place in national science policy, India and Antarctica, and the geopolitics of the Nordic Arctic states. She is Chair of the Canadian Committee on Antarctic Research of the Canadian Polar Commission.

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