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Bekkevold & Sinha (eds.): Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy

The book examines drivers and motivations of Asian countries’ entry into the Arctic, and its impact on commerce, policy and governance in the Arctic.
​Title: Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy
Editors: Uttam Kumar Sinha and Jo Inge Bekkevold
Publisher: Routledge
Published: 2015
Number of pages: 164 Hardback
ISBN 978-1-13-885599-1

In May 2013, China, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea (Asia 5) were given status as permanent observers in the Arctic Council. It was a symbolic and significant moment in the history of Arctic affairs. The list of stakeholders in the Arctic has now expanded to include five Asian states. 

The drivers and policies of these stakeholders on the Arctic vary, but research on climate change, possible changes to the global energy and minerals markets, adherence to international norms like the UNCLOS, and geopolitical considerations are issues of concern.

This volume is based on the reviewed, revised and updated versions of papers presented at the roundtable on The Geopolitics of the Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy hosted by the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi, in co-operation with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS).

The book is a result of the research project AsiArctic funded by the Norruss program of the Research Council of Norway. The research project is managed by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) in cooperation with the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS).

This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Strategic Analysis.


Uttam Kumar Sinha and Jo Inge Bekkevold

Asian Stakes and Arctic Governance
Olav Schram Stokke

The Northern Sea Route: Smooth Sailing Ahead?
Arild Moe

The Polar Code and Arctic Navigation
Vijay Sakhuja

Arctic: The Next Great Game in Energy Geopolitics?
Shebonti Ray Dadwal

Norway’s High North Policy and New Asian Stakeholders
Jo Inge Bekkevold and Kristine Offerdal

Russia’s China Policy in the Arctic
Tom Roseth

Russia’s Strategic Concerns in the Arctic and its impact on Japan-Russia relations: From a Japanese View
Shinji Hyodo

Arctic and India: Strategic Awareness and Scientific Engagement
Uttam Kumar Sinha and Arvind Gupta

The Maritime Tiger: Exploring South Korea’s Interests and Role in the Arctic
Mia M. Bennett


The Legal Regime of the Arctic and India’s Role and Options
H.P. Rajan

China’s Role in Arctic Affairs in the Context of Global Governance
Ye Jiang

Overview of Korea’s Arctic Policy Development
Jong Deog Kim


Publisert 14. mai 2015 00:00.. Sist oppdatert 18. januar 2018 10:59.