Special Features of Arctic Geopolitics: A Potential Asset for World Politics.

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Abstract

The world’s geopolitical situation is influenced by constant warfare, growing military tension and threat of nuclear weapons, global terrorist attacks & counterattacks and fearful responses by people. There is growing geopolitical tension between Russia and the West as Russia is been seen as untrustworthy in its foreign policy, as well as lack of trust between the US and its NATO allies causing uncertainties, growing support for protectionism and distancing the US from multi-lateral cooperation. This provides excuses for an arms race, a growth in military expenses, constant fights against international terror, and the persistent presence of NATO to enlarge Western governing structures. These findings are important parts of the bigger geopolitical picture, which reflects world politics, the global economy, as well as global relationships between nations. However, this picture is not complete, since there are good arguments for fewer wars, less poverty, more stability and prosperity than 20 years ago. There are also common concerns about environmental degradation and global impacts of climate change, as well as common interests between the Arctic states, including the US and Russia, regarding the Arctic and Arctic issues. Interestingly, new East-West tensions have not (yet) affected the region’s high geopolitical stability, since circumpolar cooperation by states, indigenous peoples and sub-national governments remains resilient. This chapter argues that the globalized stable Arctic is an exceptional political space in world politics, and has potential to be(come) an asset for world politics. This does not result from the classical approach of Great-Game geopolitics, but from applying a critical and constructivist approaches to geopolitics and emphasizing the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe GlobalArctic Handbook
EditorsMatthias Finger, Lassi Heininen
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Chapter13
Pages215-234
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-91995-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-91994-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoEC publication typeB2 Part of a book or another research book

Keywords

  • Geopolitics
  • world politics
  • Asset
  • Common interests
  • Stability
  • Cooperation
  • the Arctic
  • international relations
  • political science
  • knowledge
  • power
  • resistance
  • critique

Field of science

  • International political science

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