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The Arctic Contested

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Edited By Keith Battarbee and John Erik Fossum

In recent decades, and in particular as a result of global climate change, the significance of the Arctic has radically shifted, from a remote periphery to a region of intensifying political and academic interest and of conflicting interests.
This collection of texts examines in particular how national and international politics and law impact on Arctic governance, communications and indigenous rights; and in parallel, explores perceptions and experiences of the North in literature and the dramatic arts. The book thus offers a platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue, in order to highlight that the Arctic is too multi-faceted and complex for any one discipline or approach adequately to encompass.
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Cold Peace. Arctic Cooperation and Canadian Foreign Policy

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Cold Peace

Arctic Cooperation and Canadian Foreign Policy

Michael BYERS1

Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC

The Arctic, located directly between the United States and the Soviet Union, was on the front lines of the Cold War. Nuclear submarines prowled the Arctic Ocean while long-range bombers circled overhead. Runways and radar stations were built across the Canadian North, along with underwater acoustic sensors for detecting the submarines.

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