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THE GEOPOLITICS OF THE ARCTIC

February 20 – 21, 2021

The 2021 Camden Conference will explore the Arctic, one of the world’s least-known regions. The Arctic already is undergoing dramatic, irreversible changes traceable to global warming, and as these changes impact the pace of climate change, they forewarn of the challenges ahead for human, animal and plant habitats in this and other regions.

We will examine how this transformation of the Arctic is creating a new arena for global power and competition. With the retreating ice mass will come new opportunities to pursue exploration and extraction of vast resources. Will there be unregulated competition, or cooperation among governments and industries? What kinds of security challenges will come with ice-free borders? The territories of eight nations extend into the Arctic, but others —especially China— will assert rights of access and passage. Open waters will make shipping between Pacific and Atlantic ports much cheaper. What could all this mean for Maine with its accessible northern ports, maritime industry, and vulnerable location on a rising ocean?

Please plan to join us on this voyage into the future of global affairs in the Arctic and our planet.

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Suggested Reading List

Brady, Anne-Marie. China as a Polar Great Power. Cambridge University Press. 2017.

 

China’s focus on becoming a polar great power and its implication for maritime and security, climate change and resources. 286 pages

Byers, Michael. Who Owns the Arctic?: Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the NorthDouglas & McIntyre. 2010. 192 pages

Control of the Northwest passage and its oil, gas, and territories; protecting its environment while seizing economic opportunities. 192 pages

Dodds, Klaus and Mark Nuttall. The Scramble for the Poles: The Geopolitics of the Arctic and the Antarctic. Polity. 2015. 223 pages

A discussion of the “scramble for the poles”; the potential for conflict, the destruction of the world’s last wilderness, and longer historical and geopolitical patterns and processes of human activity in these remote territories.

Dodds, Klaus and Mark Nuttall. The Arctic: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press. 2019. 272 pages

Discussions of competition for land and resources, rooted in issues of rights, midst the threat of global climate change.

Ehrlich, Gretel. This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland. Vintage. 2003. 377 pages

A story of her travels with history and social anthropology revealing a Greenland and a clarity of life at the extreme edge of the world.

Emmerson, Charles. The Future History of the Arctic. PublicAffairs. 2010. 442 pages

The Arctic; the center of the issues that will challenge our world in the 21st century: energy security and the struggle for natural resources, climate change and its uncertain speed and consequences, the return of great power competition, and the remaking of global trade patterns.

Francis, Gavin. True North: Travels in Arctic Europe. Birlinn. 2019. 304 pages

A journey from the Shetland Islands to Lapland: travel, history and mythology.

Gertner, Jon. The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future. Random House. 2019. 448 pages

An account of the explorers and scientists racing to understand the rapidly melting ice sheet in Greenland, a harbinger of climate change.

Heuer, Christopher. Into the White: The Renaissance Arctic and the End of the Image. Zone Books. 2019. 262 pages

How the arctic confounded vision, geographic knowledge, and humanistic truths.

Kraska, James. Arctic Security in an Age of Climate Change. Cambridge University Press. 2013. 342 pages

An examination of Arctic defense policy and military security from the perspective of all eight Arctic states; Canada, Russia, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, the United States, Iceland, Sweden and Finland.

Laruelle, Marlene. Russia’s Arctic Strategies and the Future of the Far North. Routledge. 2013. 280 pages

A comprehensive examination of Russia’s Arctic strategy, ranging from climate change issues and territorial disputes to energy policies and domestic challenges.

Lopez, Barry. Arctic Dreams. Vintage. 2001. 496 pages

A groundbreaking exploration of the Far North, a classic of natural history, anthropology and travel writing.

McCannon, John. A History of the Arctic: Nature, Exploration and Exploitation. Reaktion Books. 2012. 357 pages

An overview of the region from the Stone Age to the present, examining all its major aspects from a global perspective.

Nordenman, Magnus. New Battle for the Atlantic: Emerging Competition with Russia in the Far North. Naval Institute Press. 2019. 252 pages

An exploration of emerging competition between the United States and its NATO allies and the resurgent Russian navy in the North Atlantic.

Watt-Cloutier, Sheila. The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Fight to Protect the Arctic and Save the Planet from Climate Change. University of Minnesota Press. 2018. 368 pages

A chronicle of the life of the leading indigenous climate change, cultural and human rights advocate.

Wheeler, Sara. The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2011. 336 pages

A definitive picture of life on the fringes, the Arctic, at once the most pristine place on earth and the focus of global warming.

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The Camden Conference invites teachers and students to attend the 34th annual Camden Conference, THE GEOPOLITICS OF THE ARCTIC, February 20 - 21, 2021 in Camden, Maine.

The 2021 Conference will be presented online. Please check back for information regarding student access to the Conference. The Camden Conference is approved for 1.5 Continuing Education Units for teachers!

 

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