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The European Union and the Geopolitics of the Arctic

Andreas Raspotnik

The Arctic is a region that has seen exponential growth as a space of geopolitical interest over the past decade. This insightful book is the first to analyse the European Union’s Arctic policy endeavours of the early 21st Century from a critical geopolitical perspective.
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Chapter 3: Arctic geopolitics and the regional zeitgeist of the twenty-first century

Andreas Raspotnik


Over the last decade, the Arctic region has reappeared on the international radar. Due to global warming and a literally melting Arctic Ocean, the region’s resources and maritime transportation opportunities have attracted the interests of stakeholders from within and outside the circumpolar North. It was assumed that increased international attention would change the geostrategic dynamics in the region and eventually lead to major power competition over regional resources, power and authority. Yet, during the period the Arctic states have strengthened the regional governance framework and effectively cooperated on a multilateral level. Also, an initially generated hype over the region’s economic opportunities could not stand up to scrutiny and a globalised reality check.

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