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Leadership for the North

The Influence and Impact of Arctic Council Chairs

  • Douglas C. Nord
  • Highlights circumpolar perspectives on leadership needs and challenges

  • Offers a multidisciplinary analysis of organisational behaviour and development

  • Provides an insight into Arctic change and necessary international policy response


Part of the Springer Polar Sciences book series (SPPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Douglas C. Nord
      Pages 3-10
  3. The Arctic Council and its Chair

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Amy Lauren Lovecraft, Douglas Cost
      Pages 13-32
    3. Malgorzata (Gosia) Smieszek
      Pages 33-51
  4. Recent Arctic Council Chairmanships

  5. Contributions and Perspectives of Other Participants

  6. Insights on Leadership

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Douglas C. Nord
      Pages 187-201

About this book


This book investigates multidimensional change in the Arctic and policy response to it. It focuses its attention on the need for effective leadership within the region. In so doing it considers the contribution made by the main international organization of the region, the Arctic Council. In particular, it examines the various leadership functions undertaken by the Chair of that body including that of convener, manager, promoter, representative and resolver of differences. It is argued that in performing these multiple roles the Chair is contributing to the necessary leadership required to address pressing Arctic concerns. 

The book highlights the activities of the four most recent Arctic Council Chairs, Sweden, Canada, the United States and Finland. It considers the programs for action that each of these countries promoted during their terms at the helm of this major circumpolar organization. It examines the particular approaches, methods and strategies that each used to advance its agenda and the consequences of such efforts. It focuses attention on the need for building consensus among a diverse membership including Arctic states, organizations representing northern indigenous peoples, non-Arctic countries and non-governmental bodies.

Drawing upon the insights of scholars from several disciplines from across the circumpolar community, the collected essays in this volume seek to paint a picture of the real challenges and opportunities for international diplomacy in the contemporary North. It suggests that there are true “lessons to be learned” in advancing leadership within the region. The book provides a means for considering these and the most effective means of response.


Leadership functions in the Arctic Council Policy development in the Arctic Organizational behaviour and the environment International diplomacy in the contemporary North The Arctic and its global impact

Editors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Nord
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

About the editors

Professor Douglas C. Nord is an established scholar in the fields of international relations and comparative politics. His areas of specialty include the foreign and northern development policies of Canada, the Nordic states and Russia as well as the United States. He has written extensively on the relations between the countries of the circumpolar north and on the emergence of the Arctic as a central concern of contemporary international politics. Professor Nord has taught and undertaken research inquiries at various educational institutions across the region. He presently conducts his studies at the University of Umeå in Sweden where he is an associated research professor at the Arctic Research Centre (ARCUM). He has recently published two volumes on the Arctic Council: The Changing Arctic: Creating a Framework for Consensus Building within the Arctic Council (2016) and The Arctic Council: Governance within the Far North (2016).

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