The Arctic Wave

  • Geir HønnelandEmail author


Around 2010, the enthusiasm surrounding Norwegian High North politics had tapered off, just like inertia hit the Barents cooperation a decade earlier. Once again the emperor had new clothes to put on: “the High North” was out, but an “Arctic wave” was on the rise. As states were making claims to areas of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean, global media revelled in the idea of a “scramble for the Arctic”. Norway threw itself forcefully onto the international Arctic scene, branding itself as the Arctic nation per se. Norwegian High North politics moved from the near abroad to the Circumpolar North. The scene has shifted, but the basic rhythm is the same: the Arctic is a stage particularly suitable for political song and dance.


Norwegian Arctic politics Norwegian High North politics International Arctic politics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fridtjof Nansen InstituteOsloNorway

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