Russia holds more Arctic territory than any other state, yet unlike other Arctic states it does not have a unified strategy identifying economic and political aims for the North. Russia's policies on the North are dispersed across a variety of fields from domestic migration politics to oil and gas development. This volume engages the disparate elements of Russian northern policy and illustrates how the centralized, relatively economically strong and politically assertive Russia of today defines and addresses northern spaces, opportunities, and challenges. As energy markets continue looking northward and climate change renders the Arctic increasingly accessible, the geopolitical interests of Arctic states will be brought more frequently to the forefront. These circumstances will make the disputed borders and overlapping sovereignty claims of the North an important topic in international politics. Given its geographic size and political influence, Russia is and will continue to be a key regional and global actor in the international politics of the North.
Elana Wilson Rowe is a senior research fellow at the Department for Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. She is co-editor of The Multilateral Dimension in Russian Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2009).
List of Contributors List of Abbreviations Introduction Policy Aims and Political Realities in the Russian North Elana Wilson Rowe Chapter One: Troublemaking and Risk-Taking: The North in Russian Military Activities Pavel K. Baev Chapter Two: Cross-Border Cooperation in the North: The Case of Northwest Russia Geir Honneland Chapter Three: Climate Change in the Russian North: Threats Real and Potential Craig ZumBrunnen Chapter Four: Recent Developments in the Russian Fisheries Sector Anne-Kristin Jorgensen Chapter Five: Northern Offshore Oil and Gas Resources: Policy Challenges and Approaches Arild Moe and Elana Wilson Rowe Chapter Six: Growth Poles and Ghost Towns in the Russian Far North Timothy Heleniak Chapter Seven: Indigenous Rights in the Russian North Indra Overland Chapter Eight: Oil and Gas Development in Russia and Northern Indigenous Peoples Anna A. Sirina Afterword : The Intersection of Northern and National Policies Elana Wilson Rowe Index