Breaking Through: Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic

Edited by Wilfrid Greaves and P. Whitney Lackenbauer

© 2021

Globalization, climate change, and increased geopolitical competition are having a profound impact on the Arctic, affecting how we understand both sovereignty and security within the region. In Breaking Through, a diverse group of emerging and established scholars examine Arctic sovereignty and security, rarely examined together, and present a theoretically robust study of Arctic sovereignty and security in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Throughout the volume, readers will discover fresh perspectives on under-studied dimensions of Arctic sovereignty, including: environmental changes, foreign and security policies, and how Indigenous peoples interact to produce different meanings of sovereignty and security in the Arctic. Drawing on extensive primary and secondary research, Breaking Through offers important and timely conclusions for policymakers, advocates, scholars, and students.

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This book examines what sovereignty and security mean in an Arctic region that is changing rapidly due to the intersection of globalization, climate change, and geopolitical competition.

Breaking Through: Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic

Edited by Wilfrid Greaves and P. Whitney Lackenbauer

© 2021

Globalization, climate change, and increased geopolitical competition are having a profound impact on the Arctic, affecting how we understand both sovereignty and security within the region. In Breaking Through, a diverse group of emerging and established scholars examine Arctic sovereignty and security, rarely examined together, and present a theoretically robust study of Arctic sovereignty and security in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Throughout the volume, readers will discover fresh perspectives on under-studied dimensions of Arctic sovereignty, including: environmental changes, foreign and security policies, and how Indigenous peoples interact to produce different meanings of sovereignty and security in the Arctic. Drawing on extensive primary and secondary research, Breaking Through offers important and timely conclusions for policymakers, advocates, scholars, and students.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 278 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Do the meanings that we ascribe to ‘sovereignty’ and ‘security’ depend on our context, identity, or self-interest? By raising this awkward question and addressing it from different historical, geographic, and disciplinary perspectives, Breaking Through makes a valuable contribution to Arctic scholarship."


    Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia, and author of International Law and the Arctic

    "If you want to understand the contours of sovereignty and security in the circumpolar Arctic, then look no further. Greaves and Lackenbauer have assembled a distinguished academic cast to consider two fundamental principles: Arctic security starts at home, and making sovereignty secure means listening to and working with the communities who call the Arctic home."


    Klaus Dodds, Department of Geography, , Royal Holloway, University of London, and co-author of The Arctic: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • Author Information

    Wilfrid Greaves is an assistant professor of International Relations at the University of Victoria.


    P. Whitney Lackenbauer is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian North and a professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University.
  • Table of contents

    Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic: An Introduction – Wilfrid Greaves and P. Whitney Lackenbauer

    1. In Search of Polar Sovereignty, 1900-1959 – Peter Kikkert
    2. The Gentleman’s Agreement: Sovereignty, Defence and Canadian-American Diplomacy in the Arctic – Adam Lajeunesse
    3. Arctic Security and Sovereignty Through a Media Lens  – From a Pile of Frozen Rocks to the Bottom of the Sea – Mathieu Landriault
    4. Understanding Arctic Security: A Defence of Traditional Security Analysis – Rob Huebert
    5. National Security and the High North: Post-Cold War Arctic Security Policy in Norway – Wilfrid Greaves
    6. Russia and Arctic Security: Inward-Looking Realities – Alexander Sergunin
    7. Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Canadian Security and Safety in the Arctic – P. Whitney Lackenbauer
    8. One Arctic? Northern Security in Canada and Norway – Andreas Østhagen
    9. Understanding the Recent History of Energy Security in the Arctic – Petra Dolata
    10. Human Insecurities of Marginalized Peoples in the Arctic: The cost of Arctic and Nordic Exceptionalism – Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv
    11. Addressing Inequalities in the Arctic: Food Security in Nunavut – Natalia Loukacheva
    12. The Transformative Power of ‘Security’-Talk – Frank Sejersen
    Afterword: Wilfrid Greaves

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