Governing Arctic Seas: Regional Lessons from the Bering Strait and Barents Sea

Volume 1

  • Oran R. Young
  • Paul Arthur Berkman
  • Alexander N. Vylegzhanin

Part of the Informed Decisionmaking for Sustainability book series (IDS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlii
  2. Volume 1: Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Oran R. Young, Paul Arthur Berkman, Alexander N. Vylegzhanin
      Pages 3-21
  3. The Bering Strait Region

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Olivia Lee, Jon L. Fuglestad, Lyman Thorsteinson
      Pages 25-46
    3. Gunnar Knapp, Valeriy Kryukov
      Pages 47-74
    4. Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Eduard Zdor
      Pages 75-94
    5. Oran R. Young, Paul Arthur Berkman, Alexander N. Vylegzhanin
      Pages 95-116
  4. The Barents Sea Region

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Jon L. Fuglestad, Rasmus Benestad, Vladimir Ivanov, Lis Lindahl Jørgensen, Kit M. Kovacs, Frode Nilssen et al.
      Pages 119-142
    3. Valeriy Kryukov, Diwakar Poudel
      Pages 143-163
    4. Ole Øvretveit, Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Maria Goes, Elena Kudryashova, Rauna Kuokkanen, Maksim Zadorin
      Pages 165-184
    5. Alexander N. Vylegzhanin, Oran R. Young, Paul Arthur Berkman
      Pages 185-203
  5. Crosscutting Themes and Analytic Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Ellen Øseth, Oleg Korneev
      Pages 207-240
    3. Paul Arthur Berkman, Greg Fiske, Jon-Arve Røyset, Lawson W. Brigham, Dino Lorenzini
      Pages 241-268
    4. Peter L. Pulsifer, Yekaterina Kontar, Paul Arthur Berkman, D. R. Fraser Taylor
      Pages 269-291
    5. Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Peter L. Pulsifer, D. R. Fraser Taylor, Camilla Brattland, Tero Mustonen
      Pages 293-319
    6. Molly B. A. Douglas, Yekaterina Kontar, Malgorzata Smieszek, Allen Pope, Inna P. Zhuravleva
      Pages 321-337
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Oran R. Young, Paul Arthur Berkman, Alexander N. Vylegzhanin
      Pages 341-353
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 355-358

About this book


Governing Arctic Seas introduces the concept of ecopolitical regions, using in-depth analyses of the Bering Strait and Barents Sea Regions to demonstrate how integrating the natural sciences, social sciences and Indigenous knowledge can reveal patterns, trends and processes as the basis for informed decisionmaking. This book draws on international, interdisciplinary and inclusive (holistic) perspectives to analyze governance mechanisms, built infrastructure and their coupling to achieve sustainability in biophysical regions subject to shared authority.  Governing Arctic Seas is the first volume in a series of books on Informed Decisionmaking for Sustainability that apply, train and refine science diplomacy to address transboundary issues at scales ranging from local to global.  For nations and peoples as well as those dealing with global concerns, this holistic process operates across a ‘continuum of urgencies’ from security time scales (mitigating risks of political, economic and cultural instabilities that are immediate) to sustainability time scales (balancing economic prosperity, environmental protection and societal well-being across generations).  Informed decisionmaking is the apex goal, starting with questions that generate data as stages of research, integrating decisionmaking institutions to employ evidence to reveal options (without advocacy) that contribute to informed decisions. The first volumes in the series focus on the Arctic, revealing legal, economic, environmental and societal lessons with accelerating knowledge co-production to achieve progress with sustainability in this globally-relevant region that is undergoing an environmental state change in the sea and on land.  Across all volumes, there is triangulation to integrate research, education and leadership as well as science, technology and innovation to elaborate the theory, methods and skills of informed decisionmaking to build common interests for the benefit of all on Earth.


Science diplomacy Environmental security Sustainable infrastructure development Arctic Ocean International cooperation in the Arctic Decision-Making Maritime Infrastructure Pan-arctic management Collaboration in the polar region Holistic approach Coastal-marine sustainability Environmental protection

Editors and affiliations

  • Oran R. Young
    • 1
  • Paul Arthur Berkman
    • 2
  • Alexander N. Vylegzhanin
    • 3
  1. 1.Bren School of Environmental Science and ManagementUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Science Diplomacy CenterFletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA
  3. 3.Department of International LawMGIMO UniversityMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25673-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25674-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-4516
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-4524
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