The Arctic: Between Hype and Reality

Bartelet, Henry, and Dubiois, Kenty (2018) The Arctic: Between Hype and Reality. The Polar Connection, 12 January 2018.

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[Extract] As the climate is warming and the ice is melting, the Arctic has regained a certain interest on the international scene. The opening of sea lanes and increased access to natural resources are two of the main factors contributing to the increased attention for the Arctic region in international politics. The Circumpolar North has been described as a new maritime highway, a new resources frontiers and new military theatre. This paper will assess whether the events such as described above are truly accompanied by structural trends in the importance of the Arctic in global economics and geopolitics. It will do so by providing a quantitative analysis of how international shipping, military resource allocation and natural resource investments (petroleum and natural gas) have been changing over the last decade.

Item ID: 78618
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
Keywords: Arctic; geopolitics; shipping; energy; military
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2023 00:14
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440807 Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440603 Economic geography @ 60%
SEO Codes: 14 DEFENCE > 1401 Defence > 140108 Maritime @ 40%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2303 International relations > 230304 International political economy (excl. international trade) @ 60%
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