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Polar Geopolitics?

Polar Geopolitics?

Knowledges, Resources and Legal Regimes

Edited by Richard C. Powell and Klaus Dodds

The polar regions (the Arctic and Antarctic) have enjoyed widespread public attention in recent years, as issues of conservation, sustainability, resource speculation and geopolitical manoeuvring have all garnered considerable international media interest. This critical collection of new and original papers – the first of its kind – offers a comprehensive exploration of these and other topics, consolidating the emergent field of polar geopolitics.

Chapter 8: Securing' geography: framings, logics and strategies in the Norwegian high north

Berit Kristoffersen and Berit Kristoffersen

Subjects: environment, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law, politics and public policy, international politics, international relations

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Although the High North was pinpointed as the main priority by the centre-left government in the mid-2000s, it refers to both a specifically Norwegian area and as a focal point for the wider Arctic. Under the leadership of Norwayís Foreign Affairs Minister Jonas Gahr St¯re (2005ñ2012) and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (2005ñ2013), the Norwegian strategy has been to re-scale Norwayís resources and interests in the High North. A trio of oil and gas development, international law and polar knowledge has been mobilized to reimagine the region as a ëgeopolitical centreí (Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2011a, p._19). Foreign Minister St¯reís aforementioned editorial entitled ëSecure geographyí is representative of how the Norwegian government assembles the geopolitical security challenges for the Arctic, and how Norway should act. The Norwegian framing is anticipatory; involving forecasting while asserting Norwayís geopolitical import.

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