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The Barents Region
Regional Cooperation in Arctic Europe

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August 1994 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Barents Region is immensely rich in minerals, petroleum, and fishery resources, and is of interest to Europe as a whole. It is also extremely militarized and environmentally vulnerable. With over 200 naval nuclear reactors, and more strategic nuclear weapons than anywhere else in the world, it is the apex of the Cold War structures, and its importance extends far beyond the confines of Arctic Europe. 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, with 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. Students and scholars in international relations, comparative politics, military studies and environmental studies will find this volume to be an invaluable resource. "This new collection of essays, the first two by Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev and the late Norwegian Foreign Minister Johan Holst, presents a heartening and authoritative picture of post-Cold War diplomacy and international cooperation. These 18 essays are a useful addition to the literature or European arctic and post-Cold-War diplomacy." --Choice

Olav Schram Stokke and Ola Tunander
Introduction
 
PART ONE: A NEW POLICY FOR THE NORTH
Johan J[o with a line through]orgen Holst
The Barents Region - Institutions, Cooperation and Prospects
Andrej Kozyrev
Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region
Promising Begining

 
Ola Tunander
Inventing the Barents Region
Overcoming the East-West Divide

 
Robert Bathurst
Where Cultures Cross
Old Russia in a New North

 
Erik Hansen
Living Conditions in the North
The New Divide

 
Rune Castberg, Olav Schram Stokke and Willy [o with a line through]Ostreng
The Dynamics of the Barents Region
 
PART TWO: TOWARDS A COOPERATIVE REGION?
Jens Petter Nielsen
The Barents Region in Historical Perspective
Rune Castberg
Economic Cooperation
Potentials and Problems in Northwest Russia

 
Alf H[a with a circle on top]akon Hoel
The Barents Sea
Fisheries Resources for Europe and Russia

 
Arild Moe
Oil and Gas
Future Role of the Barents Region

 
Olav Schram Stokke
Environmental Cooperation as a Driving Force in the Barents Region
Willy [o with a line through it]Ostreng
The Northern Sea Route and the Barents Region
 
PART THREE: THE BARENTS REGION IN THE NEW EUROPE
Pavel K Baev
Russian Perspectives on the Barents Region
Anders Kj[o with a line through it]olberg
The Barents Region as a European Security-building Concept
Noralv Veggeland
The Barents Region as a European Fronteir Region
Pertti Joenniemi
Region-building as Europe-building
Olav Schram Stokke and Ola Tunander
Conclusions

`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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