Governing the North American Arctic

Sovereignty, Security, and Institutions

  • Dawn Alexandrea Berry
  • Nigel Bowles
  • Halbert Jones

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series (STANTS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-11
  3. Sovereignty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Shelagh D. Grant
      Pages 29-50
    3. Adam Lajeunesse, P. Whitney Lackenbauer
      Pages 74-99
  4. Security

  5. Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Chanda L. Meek, Emily Russell
      Pages 165-179
    3. Alastair Campbell, Kirk Cameron
      Pages 180-199
    4. John English
      Pages 217-230
  6. Official Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Evan T. Bloom
      Pages 233-241
    3. Mininnguaq Kleist
      Pages 247-252
  7. Conclusion: Inuit Peoples and the Governance of the North American Arctic

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 268-277

About this book


Though it has been home for centuries to indigenous peoples who have mastered its conditions, the Arctic has historically proven to be a difficult region for governments to administer. Extreme temperatures, vast distances, and widely dispersed patterns of settlement have made it impossible for bureaucracies based in far-off capitals to erect and maintain the kind of infrastructure and institutions that they have built elsewhere. As climate change transforms the polar regions, this book seeks to explore how the challenges of governance are developing and being met in Alaska, the Canadian Far North, and Greenland, while also drawing upon lessons from the region's past. Though the experience of each of these jurisdictions is unique, their place within democratic, federal systems and the prominence within each of them of issues relating to the rights of indigenous peoples situates them as part of an identifiably 'North American Arctic.' Today, as this volume shows, their institutions are evolving to address contemporary issues of security, environmental protection, indigenous rights, and economic development.


Arctic Greenland Alaska Nunavut governance Arctic Council federalism North America Shipping Regulations Security Development Environment Natural Resources Sovereignty Self-Government constitution environmental protection Governance Government history Institution sovereignty

Editors and affiliations

  • Dawn Alexandrea Berry
    • 1
  • Nigel Bowles
    • 2
  • Halbert Jones
    • 3
  1. 1.Mario Einaudi Center for International StudiesCornell UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Corpus Christi CollegeUniversity of OxfordUK
  3. 3.St Antony’s CollegeUniversity of OxfordUK

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