The Politics of the Northwest Passage

The Politics of the Northwest Passage

by Franklin Griffiths
     
 


In August 1985, the United States Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Sea sailed through the Northwest Passage without requesting Canadian permission. The voyage served to highlight the American belief that the channels of the Canadian Arctic archipelago are an international strait. As such, it challenged Canada's understanding that the Northwest Passage has historically… See more details below

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In August 1985, the United States Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Sea sailed through the Northwest Passage without requesting Canadian permission. The voyage served to highlight the American belief that the channels of the Canadian Arctic archipelago are an international strait. As such, it challenged Canada's understanding that the Northwest Passage has historically been an integral part of Canada's national domain. In September of 1985, the Canadian government made explicit its claim to exclusive jurisdication over the Passage and associated waters. The contributors to Politics of the Northwest Passage describe the way Canada handled its Arctic marine dilemmas during the decade before this declaration, and analyse the problems Canada will face in maintaining its claim in the future.

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"a most valuable addition to the scholarly writing on the Arctic waters issue ... succeeds in making the case for a boreal-centric policy focus as elegantly and persuasively as it can possibly be made ... combines the best of a variety of disciplines." David Haglund, Centre for International Relations, Queen's University

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ISBN-13:
9780773506138
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1987
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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