The Arctic Council : governance within the far north


The Arctic Council : governance within the far north

Douglas C. Nord

(Global institutions series / edited by Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson, 116)

Routledge, 2016

  • : hbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index



This book helps us to think carefully about how this area of the world should be best handled in the future by offering a concise and accessible introduction to the Arctic Council. Over the past two decades, the Arctic has evolved from being a remote region in international affairs to becoming an increasingly central concern of the global community. The issues of climate change, access to new energy resources, the development of new global trade routes, the protection of the natural environment and the preservation of indigenous cultures and languages have all come to be focused within this formerly neglected region. Now in its nineteenth year of operation the Arctic Council, an innovative international organization, is going through a period of new growth and challenges. This work identifies the major trends and directions of current Arctic diplomacy and the manner in which national, regional and international leaders and organizations can all make useful contributions in dealing with the complex agenda of environmental, economic and political challenges faced by this increasingly significant area of the globe. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of international organizations, international relations and the environment.


Chapter 1. An Introduction to the Far North Chapter 2. Creating an Arctic Regime Chapter 3. The Structure and Operation of the Arctic Council Chapter 4. Governance Challenges Faced by the Arctic Council Chapter 5. Looking to the Future

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