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Arctic Euphoria and International High North Politics

  • Geir Hønneland

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Geir Hønneland
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  3. Geir Hønneland
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  4. Geir Hønneland
    Pages 43-59
  5. Geir Hønneland
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  6. Geir Hønneland
    Pages 83-100
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 101-103

About this book

Introduction

This pivot describes the ups and downs of Norwegian High North politics since the end of the Cold War. It considers how political interest in the Arctic has been growing rapidly in the international community as states stake their claim to areas of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean, and focuses on Russia’s actions, as the Arctic state with the longest shoreline and the only one outside NATO. The author argues that among the Western countries, Norway has the most extensive experience in tackling Russia in the Arctic, and the neighbourhood with the Russian Bear invariably shapes foreign policy, notably in matters of security, and how foreign policy concerns are intertwined with economic motives, be that hopes of access to the big Russian market or to the oil and gas fields on the Russian Arctic shelf. To achieve the combined goal of security and business, the Norwegian Government has regularly orchestrated “Arctic waves” to direct the attention of local, national and international politicians and businesses to the alleged opportunities of the North. In this book, the author takes us through “the Great Barents Awakening” of the 1990s, “the Great High North Enchantment” of the early 2000s and recent years’ “Arctic wave” in Norwegian foreign policy. 

Keywords

Russia, the Arctic and the Barents Sea Norway’s Arctic Policies Politics in the Arctic Cold War Foreign Policy and the Arctic Shelf Oil and Gas Fields on the Russian Arctic Shelf Security and Business in the Arctic High North Politics since the End of the Cold War

Authors and affiliations

  • Geir Hønneland
    • 1
  1. 1.Fridtjof Nansen InstituteOsloNorway

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6032-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
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  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6031-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6032-8
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