AbstractsPolitical Science

Understanding the interests of the Arctic States

by Morten Arnfast Jansen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2014
Keywords: Arctic, securitization, geopolitics
Record ID: 1120103
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/17168


In recent years, the geopolitical developments in the Arctic region have attracted an increasing interest from a variety of circles. The potential of vast natural resources and increasing accessibility to these, due to global warming, has created a discourse of potential conflict in the Arctic. It is the argument presented in this thesis, that despite the geopolitical developments taking place in the Arctic, the potential for conflict is at the present time still very small. This argument is tested through an analysis of the Arctic strategies released by the 5 Arctic Littoral states. This is done using the analytical framework applied by securitization as well as methodological approach of Critical discourse analysis. It is the findings of this thesis, that there is a latent potential for conflict to be found in the Arctic strategies, however at the present time, the Arctic states displays focus upon internal rather than external matters.