The U.S. Arctic Policy Agenda: The State Trumps Other Interests

  • Steven L. Lamy


This chapter explores the recent national debates within the Arctic states about the economic, political and human security challenges presented by climate change, growing competition for resources and new political and economic realities. The study identifies how the Arctic arena fits with the larger foreign policy approach of the state in question. Utilizing an analytical framework developed by Stephen Krasner to explain U.S. raw materials investment policy the study suggests that U.S. policy is best explained as being statist meaning the state and its central decision makers are autonomous actors and their choices serve the interests of those actors. The study interprets that the issue leaders are the key actors who define the debates about military, environmental and human security issues that define the Arctic policy agenda.


Military security — economic security US national security strategy US Arctic policy State — Statist Actors — Issue leaders Framing 


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