Routledge Handbook of Arctic Security

The Routledge Handbook of Arctic Security offers a comprehensive examination of security in the region, encompassing both state-based and militarized notions of security, as well as broader security perspectives reflecting debates about changes in climate, environment, economies, and societies. Since the turn of the century, the Arctic has increasingly been in the global spotlight, resulting in the often invoked idea of “Arctic exceptionalism” being questioned. At the same time, the unconventional political power which the Arctic’s Indigenous peoples hold calls into question conventional ideas about geopolitics and security. This handbook examines security in this region, revealing contestations and complementarities between narrower, state-based and/or militarized notions of security and broader security perspectives reflecting concerns and debates about changes in climate, environment, economies, and societies.

Book contents:

  1. Understanding Arctic security: what has changed? What hasn’t?

  2. The Arctic peace projection: from Cold War fronts to cooperative fora

  3. Applying conventional theoretical approaches to the Arctic

  4. Assessing security governance in the Arctic

  5. Arctic security in international security

  6. Security as an analytical tool: human and comprehensive security approaches to understanding the Arctic

  7. Indigenous security theory: intersectional analysis from the bottom up

  8. Energy security in the Arctic

  9. Environmental security in the Arctic: shades of grey?

  10. Economic security: employment policy needs for rural and remote communities

  11. Arctic security perspectives from Russia

  12. Arctic security: the Canadian context

  13. US security policy in the American Arctic

  14. Security perspectives from Norway

  15. Denmark and Greenland’s changing sovereignty and security challenges in the Arctic

  16. Small state, big impact?: Iceland’s first National Security Policy

  17. Security perspectives from Finland: an Arctic case

  18. Bringing Threat Modeling to Your Organization

  19. Security perspectives from Sweden

  20. The Arctic Council: soft actions, hard effects?

  21. Science diplomacy and the Arctic

  22. Geopolitics and international law in the Arctic

  23. Geopolitics, security, and governance

  24. Security issues in the Svalbard area

  25. Arctic coast guards: why cooperate?

  26. Legal reform, governance, and security in the Russian Arctic

  27. Considering the Arctic as a security region: the roles of China and Russia

  28. Japan and Arctic security

  29. Security aspects in EU Arctic policy

  30. NATO, the OSCE, and the Arctic region: European security organizations and the High North

  31. Indigenous peoples

  32. Human security, extractive industries, and Indigenous communities in the Russian North

  33. The role of indigenous local knowledge (ILK) in enhancing Indigenous security in the Mackenzie Valley, Northwest Territories, Canada

  34. Gender and intersectional approaches to security in the Arctic

  35. Food security across the circumpolar region

  36. The widening spectrum of Arctic security thinking