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Polar Cousins: Comparing Antarctic and Arctic Geostrategic Futures

Edited by Christian Leuprecht with Douglas Causey

$39.99 PB / 64.99 HC (S)

220 pages

6 x 9 Inches

978-1-77385-437-3 (Hardback)

978-1-77385-388-8 (Paperback)

978-1-77385-390-1 (Institutional PDF)

978-1-77385-391-8 (ePub)

December 2022

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About the Book

A timely exploration of rapidly evolving geopolitical, social, and environmental challenges for national and international security strategy across the Arctic and Antarctic polar regions.

Geopolitics and climate change now have immediate consequences for national and international security interests across the Arctic and Antarctic. The world’s polar regions are contested and strategically central to geopolitical rivalry. At the same time, rapid political, social, and environmental change presents unprecedented challenges for governance, environmental protection, and maritime operations in the regions.

With chapters that raise awareness, address challenges, and inform policy options, Polar Cousins reviews the state of strategic thinking and options on Antarctica and the Southern Oceans in light of experience in the circumpolar North. Prioritizing strategic issues, it provides an essential discussion of geostrategic thinking, strategic policy, and strategy development.

Featuring contributions from international defence experts, scientists, academics, policymakers, and decisionmakers, Polar Cousins offers key insights into the challenges unique to the polar regions.

With Contributions By: Brenda Dunkle, Roger Bradbury, Joe Burton, Douglas Causey, Lassi Heininen, Randy “Church” Kee, Ilan Kelman, Timo Koivurova, Peter Layton, Christian Leuprecht, Dwayne Ryan Menzes, Heather Nicol, AJ (Tony) Press, Joanna Vince, and Robin Warner

About the Editors

Christian Leuprecht is Class of 1965 Professor in Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada, editor-in-chief of the Canadian Military Journal, director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, and adjunct research professor at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security.

Douglas Causey is is professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage, faculty affiliate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center Arctic Initiative, and global fellow of the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute. An ecologist and evolutionary biologist by training, he has authored over two hundred publications on the environmental correlates of Arctic climate change, and he and his students are actively conducting research in Alaska, Bering Sea, and Northwestern Greenland. He has published extensively on policy issues related to the Arctic environment, Arctic environmental security, and bioterrorism and public health.

Praise for Polar Cousins

Seeks to push the conversation beyond uncertainty, fear, and chaos, towards a meticulous analysis of strategies to face these times of climate change and security crisis . . . provides a timely comparison of the two poles and highlights essential topics for the future of both regions.

—Anna Soer, H-Net Reviews

Critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, college, and university library collections.

Midwest Book Review

The geopolitics of the polar regions are rapidly evolving, and this book provides critical insights and a contextual foundation into the similarities and differences of the Northern and Southern Polar regions, as well as their connections to, and impacts on the rest of the world.

—Mike Sfraga, chair, United States Arctic Research Commission, founding director, chair, and distinguished fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Centre 

Polar regions are increasingly strategically important. Polar Cousins provides relevant, timely information and historical examples to contrast the geostrategic significance of the Arctic and Antarctic helping the reader understand the two poles, and how and why they matter.

—Frances Ulmer, Former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska and Former Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage

Polar Cousins is an expansive, innovative, fascinating and multi-disciplinary comparative study, examining the state of the Arctic and Antarctic – all at a time of heightened environmental, great power and governance challenges. It introduces fresh scholarship, comparing the circumstances at the two poles, addressing strategic competition, contrasting history and geography, territorial issues, geo-politics, military threats, trade and economic challenges, environmental and ecological concerns and legal perspectives. This is a must read for environmental, security, economic and foreign policy makers, notably including claimant and resident states such as the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

—Professor John Blaxland, Australian National University, former Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre