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Friday, 8th February 2013

Strategy Papers on the Arctic or High North: A comparative study and analysis

Source: Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland

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The future challenges expected in the environmental, economic, security and other spheres as the Arctic ice melts have become a hot topic in governmental, as well as academic and media, circles. In the last decade, each of the eight countries that founded the Arctic Council – Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the USA – has published at least one major policy document on the topic; and the European Union as an institution has followed suit. Many of these documents describe themselves as ‘strategies’, making them also a sub-set of any comprehensive national security strategy that exists. The individual documents reveal a lot about national concerns and priorities, both international and domestic, and about national assumptions and preferences regarding the future governance framework for addressing Arctic challenges.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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