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Who Owns the Arctic?: Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North

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Who actually controls the Northwest Passage? Who owns the oil and gas worth trillions of dollars beneath the Arctic Ocean? Which territorial claims will prevail-those of Canada, the United States, Russia or the Nordic nations? And, in an age of global warming, how do we protect the fragile Arctic environment while seizing the economic opportunities presented by rapidly melting sea-ice? In this topical and highly readable book, a leading Arctic expert and international lawyer explains the sometimes contradictory ...

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Overview

Who actually controls the Northwest Passage? Who owns the oil and gas worth trillions of dollars beneath the Arctic Ocean? Which territorial claims will prevail-those of Canada, the United States, Russia or the Nordic nations? And, in an age of global warming, how do we protect the fragile Arctic environment while seizing the economic opportunities presented by rapidly melting sea-ice? In this topical and highly readable book, a leading Arctic expert and international lawyer explains the sometimes contradictory rules governing the Arctic and the disputes that still need to be resolved. What emerges is a vision for the North in which cooperation, not conflict, is paramount, and where the sovereignty of individual nations is exercised for the benefit of all.

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"In this comprehensive book, Byers addresses ownership of the oil and gas reserves in the Beaufort Sea, the Arctic activities of the Russians (we shouldn't feel threatened), and the not-so-burning question of who owns tiny Hans Island. As an Arctic-issues primer, this timely, cogent, focused work cannot be beat."—Globe and Mail, Ken McGoogan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553654995
  • Publisher: D & M Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction: Are the Russians Coming? 1

1 Why Sovereignty Matters 5

2 Who Owns Hans Island? 22

3 An Ice-Free Northwest Passage 36

4 The Northwest Passage in Contemporary Policy 59

5 Negotiating over the Northwest Passage 74

6 Who owns the Seabed? 88

7 Sovereignty and the Inuit 109

Conclusion: An Arctic for Everyone 127

Appendix I A Northwest Passage Scenario 131

Appendix II Model Negotiation on Northern Waters 143

Notes 149

Recommended Websites 165

Recommended Readings 167

Index 171

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