Security of the Global Arctic in Transformation — Potential for Changes in Problem Definition

  • Lassi Heininen


In security studies there are discourses, premises and paradigms of security, as well as discussion on who the subjects of security are. When it comes to the Arctic there are different stages, special features and a shift from military to environmental security due to nuclear safety. This chapter summarizes the transformation of Arctic security, analyzes the premise shift, compares national policies of, and responses by, the Arctic states. It also shows that due to the dualism of globalization — its impacts in the Arctic and its global implications worldwide — the region is facing more complicated challenges than the current military conflicts. Finally, the security dimension of climate change paves a way to argue that there is a potential to have a change in problem definition on security paradigm(s).


Arctic security climate change globalization premise/paradigm shift problem definition the global Arctic Transformation 


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