Russia and its Neighbors: Military Power, Security Politics, and Interstate Relations in the Post-Cold War Arctic
In recent years, and particularly after Russia’s spectacular flag planting on the ocean floor at the North Pole on 2 August 2007, there has been much talk about “polar imperialism” and the danger of a “great game” in the Arctic. This article sheds light on the topic of interstate relations and the long-term conflict potential in the northernmost part of the globe. While recognizing the continued relevance of military power in the Arctic and the presence of a number of unresolved legal disputes, the article argues that Russia and its northern neighbors have a common interest in maintaining regional stability and avoiding a remilitarization of the region. The 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and regional co-operation arrangements such as the Arctic and Barents Councils are important tools towards this aim. On the other hand, there are many uncertainties regarding Russia’s priorities and strategies for the region.
Keywords: Arctic, security, climate change, interstate relations, disputes.
Citation: Arctic Review on Law and Politics, vol. 1, 2/2010 p. 279-298. ISSN 1891-6252
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