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Introduction: Arctic International Relations in a Widened Security Perspective

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Marc Jacobsen, Victoria Herrmann

This special issue of Politik aims to widen the debate on Arctic security relations through a more comprehensive dialogue inclusive of the many different types of security, their interactions, and their challenges by using the theoretical approach of the Copenhagen School. A better understanding of security dynamics in the circumpolar North today demands a critical analysis of those changes through a multidisciplinary and multi-modal lens. Each chapter in this special issue provides one layer of that multimodal lens of Arctic security that, together, weave a complex web of change. This special issue therefore continues to move the discourse of polar security beyond – but not excluding – the conventional debates of military capabilities and state sovereignty towards a more comprehensive definition of security, including its interacting environmental, economic, political, health and cultural dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)6-14
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Oct 2017

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - Arctic, Security, International Relations, International Politics, Securitization, Copenhagen School, Discourse analysis, English School

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