Knowledges, Resources and Legal Regimes
Edited by Richard C. Powell and Klaus Dodds
Chapter 8: Securing' geography: framings, logics and strategies in the Norwegian high north
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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