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International region-building: The development of the Arctic as an international region
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2007 (English)In: Cooperation and Conflict, ISSN 0010-8367, E-ISSN 1460-3691, Vol. 42, no 2, 187-205 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The Arctic has emerged as a region in international cooperation during the past 20—30 years, as manifest in the creation of the Arctic Council and its predecessor, the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy, and in the incidence of a host of scientific and political cooperation projects. The region now includes eight states over the circumpolar area; namely, the United States, Russia, Canada and the Nordic countries. How this international region has developed over time is investigated with reference to the conception of regions as understood in region-building discourse. Accordingly, the Arctic as a region that is not natural or given but as constructed by and for particular actors and interests is studied. It is concluded that the regional superstructure includes conceptions of the North that draw on images developed in historical exploration and research, shaped by a discourse of the Arctic representing North American more than Nordic understandings.

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Nordic International Studies Association , SAGE Publications , 2007. Vol. 42, no 2, 187-205 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-7164DOI: 10.1177/0010836707076689OAI: diva2:146835
Available from: 2008-01-04 Created: 2008-01-04 Last updated: 2010-08-13Bibliographically approved

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