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The Barents Region

The Barents Region
Regional Cooperation in Arctic Europe

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May 1994 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Barents Region in the Scandinavian and Russian Arctic is emerging as one of the most dynamic and versatile East-West initiatives in Europe. Its unique, two-pillared institutional structure ensures that the state as well as local authorities are drawn into deliberations, as are representatives from the European Commission and the regional Saami organization.

The region is immensely rich in minerals, petroleum and fishery resources of interest for Europe as a whole. It is the apex of the Cold War structures: with over 200 naval nuclear reactors and with more strategic nuclear weapons than anywhere else in the world, its importance extends far beyond the confines of Arctic Europe. To Russia, the Barents Region has become a link to Northern Europe and potentially to the European Union, it may become an instrument to stabilise its eastern borders in a militarily sensitive area.

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, 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.

Olav Schram Stokke and Ola Tunander
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
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
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

`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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ISBN: 9780803978973