The Barents Region

The Barents Region : Regional Cooperation in Arctic Europe

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The Barents Region in the Scandinavian and Russian Arctic is emerging as one of the most dynamic and versatile East-West initiatives in Europe. Its unique, two-pillared institutional structure ensures that the state as well as local authorities are drawn into deliberations, as are representatives from the European Commission and the regional Saami organization.
The region is immensely rich in minerals, petroleum and fishery resources of interest for Europe as a whole. It is the apex of the Cold War structures: with over 200 naval nuclear reactors and with more strategic nuclear weapons than anywhere else in the world, its importance extends far beyond the confines of Arctic Europe. To Russia, the Barents Region has become a link to Northern Europe and potentially to the European Union, it may become an instrument to stabilise its eastern borders in a militarily sensitive area.

The Barents Region surveys regional cooperation in Arctic Europe. With contributions from leading Scandinavian and Russian scholars on Northern affairs, this volume examines the Barents Region as a political initiative, its historical and institutional architecture and its contributions to economic and environmental management in the North. Particular attention is paid to the impact of the Barents Region on security in Arctic Europe and its relationship to the wider process of European integration.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 16mm | 620g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0803978979
  • 9780803978973
  • 2,789,101

Table of contents

Introduction - Olav Schram Stokke and Ola Tunander
The Barents Region - Institutions, Cooperation and Prospects - Johan J[o with a line through]orgen Holst
Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region - Andrej Kozyrev
Promising Begining
Inventing the Barents Region - Ola Tunander
Overcoming the East-West Divide
Where Cultures Cross - Robert Bathurst
Old Russia in a New North
Living Conditions in the North - Erik Hansen
The New Divide
The Dynamics of the Barents Region - Rune Castberg, Olav Schram Stokke and Willy [o with a line through]Ostreng
The Barents Region in Historical Perspective - Jens Petter Nielsen
Economic Cooperation - Rune Castberg
Potentials and Problems in Northwest Russia
The Barents Sea - Alf H[a with a circle on top]akon Hoel
Fisheries Resources for Europe and Russia
Oil and Gas - Arild Moe
Future Role of the Barents Region
Environmental Cooperation as a Driving Force in the Barents Region - Olav Schram Stokke
The Northern Sea Route and the Barents Region - Willy [o with a line through it]Ostreng
Russian Perspectives on the Barents Region - Pavel K Baev
The Barents Region as a European Security-building Concept - Anders Kj[o with a line through it]olberg
The Barents Region as a European Fronteir Region - Noralv Veggeland
Region-building as Europe-building - Pertti Joenniemi
Conclusions - Olav Schram Stokke and Ola Tunander
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Review quote

`Since the thawing of the Cold War international interactions in the Arctic have increased at a pace taking many by surpirse.... all of the 18 chapters are well informed and afford the reader many insights into the nature, purposes and prospects of what Stollenberg, in his short foreword, considers a possible model for post-Cold War East-West cooperation at the regional level.... All the chapters are informative and they hang together very effectively. Moreover, the editors' admirably succinct overview chapter adds the finishing touches to a high-quality volume on a subject of obvious interest to all those interested in political, economic, environmental and strategic developments in the High North' - Journal of Strategic Studies

`Presents a heartening and authoritative picture of post-Cold War diplomacy and international cooperation.... a useful addition to the literature' - Choice
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