The Arctic Council

Between Environmental Protection and Geopolitics

  • Svein Vigeland Rottem

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Svein Vigeland Rottem
    Pages 19-45
  3. Svein Vigeland Rottem
    Pages 47-71
  4. Svein Vigeland Rottem
    Pages 73-89
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 97-104

About this book


This pivot introduces the Arctic Council and its role as a platform for dealing with local, national, regional and global challenges of relevance to the “new” Arctic. Against the backdrop of climate change and increasing commercial activity, it considers what a future Arctic should look like, from ideas of total protection to expansive oil and gas extraction. It examines the Arctic’s position on the political agenda, from Norway’s High North hype to a more peripheral place in the foreign policy of the US and explores the Council's role as an important international forum for dialogue and cooperation on Arctic challenges and opportunities, and a significant arena for developing knowledge and learning about a changing region.


The Arctic Council and Environmental Protection The Arctic Council in Arctic Governance The Geopolitics of Arctic Governance Norway and High North Policy Commercial Expansion in the Arctic Climate Change and the Arctic

Authors and affiliations

  • Svein Vigeland Rottem
    • 1
  1. 1.Fridtjof Nansen InstituteLysakerNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-9289-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-9290-0
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