© 1984

United States Arctic Interests

The 1980s and 1990s

  • William E. Westermeyer
  • Kurt M. Shusterich
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. William E. Westermeyer
    Pages 1-18
  3. John A. Dugger
    Pages 19-38
  4. Thomas P. Miller
    Pages 59-74
  5. John J. Burns
    Pages 75-104
  6. William E. Westermeyer
    Pages 105-133
  7. John A. Kruse
    Pages 134-157
  8. William Y. Brown
    Pages 178-198
  9. Oran R. Young, Gail Osherenko
    Pages 199-218
  10. G. Leonard Johnson, David Bradley, Robert S. Winokur
    Pages 268-294
  11. Kurt M. Shusterich
    Pages 345-356
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 357-369

About these proceedings


Elliot L. Richardson The United States is finally awakening to the fact that it has a major stake in the future of the Arctic. Recognition of the national importance of the Arctic has been slow in coming despite the resource wealth that Arctic Alaska has thus far yielded. Although the United States has had strategic interests in the Arctic since World War II and active oil and gas interests there since the discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay in 1968, its interest in the Arctic has been low in comparison with that of its Arctic neighbors, Canada and the Soviet Union. What has been described by some as an attitude of neglect toward the Arctic is now changing. The notion of change has become central in most current discussions about the future of the Arctic. It is apparent that the Arctic region is entering a period of greatly accelerated economic, social, strategic, and is political change. The driving force behind the changes taking place resource development activity, and although the present scale of this activity is not inconsequential, it is small in comparison to its projected growth in the next two decades. In short, the Arctic is about to come alive. However, knowledge of the Arctic and experience in the Arctic is comparatively limited. Moreover, competing interests and differing val­ ues exist among national groups and between countries in the Arctic, just as they do in the lower latitudes.


development energy environment gas growth mineral ocean

Editors and affiliations

  • William E. Westermeyer
    • 1
  • Kurt M. Shusterich
    • 1
  1. 1.Marine Policy CenterWoods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA

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