The International Political Systemic Context of Arctic Marine Resource Governance

  • Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen
Part of the Springer Polar Sciences book series (SPPS)


The Arctic has been an integrated part of the international system for centuries, and systemic developments have deeply influenced the region and its communities. Central Arctic Ocean marine resource governance is in the nexus of climate change and international systemic developments. The international systemic context for the Arctic is: The rise of China and emerging Asian economies driving gradual power transition from Western to Eastern states. Struggles continue over the domestic order and international position of post-Soviet Russia, where either side considers whether to escalate the Ukraine crisis horizontally to the Arctic. The USA and China interact concerning governing Arctic marine resources as Arctic Ocean coastal state/status quo power and fishing nation/rising power. Russia and the West choose not to escalate the Ukraine crisis horizontally into Arctic marine resource management. Co-creating of knowledge and epistemic communities are important for Arctic status quo and rising Asian countries to manage power transition in the Arctic and for Russia and the West to continue Arctic cooperation despite political crisis elsewhere.


International system USA China Russia Power transition Post-Soviet Ukraine-crisis Status quo power Rising power Globalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UiT-The Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway

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