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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 13: Militant geography and frontier vigilantism: Australia, 'Australian Antarctic Territory' and the 'southern flank'

Klaus Dodds

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


In December 2011, two well-known Australian commentators Sam Bateman and Anthony Bergin wrote a piece for The Australian newspaper entitled ëNew dawn in Antarctic awarenessí. The gist of their article was that Australia needed develop a greater awareness of what might be happening in the ëAustralian Antarctic Territoryí (AAT). The object of their anxiety was explicit. The location of polar research stations was not innocent, however. According to the authors, the bases might well have a dual-use capability, with particular reference to using such establishments to help gather signals and electronic intelligence and link up with satellites circling the earth.

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