‘Observing’ the Arctic: Asia in the Arctic Council and Beyond

Klaus Dodds, Chih Yuan Woon (Editor)

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Addressing the growing economic, political, and cultural presence of Asian states in the Arctic region, this timely book looks at how that presence is being evaluated and engaged with by Arctic states and their northern communities. A diverse range of authors addresses the question that underpins so much of this interest in Asian engagement with the northern latitudes: what do Asian countries want to gain from the Arctic? Although China, Japan, India, Singapore and South Korea were only accepted as formal observers to the Arctic Council in 2013, this book outlines a longer history of Asian-Arctic engagement that spans centuries. It highlights how this role as observer generates new challenges, dangers and opportunities for Arctic states and their northern communities. Climate change, energy and other resources such as fish, global geopolitical change and northern autonomy are shown to all play a part in mediating how Asian states are observed and evaluated in the Arctic Council and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages250
ISBN (Print)978 1 83910 820 4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020


  • Arctic Council
  • Arctic
  • Asia
  • Governance
  • Resources
  • Science
  • Geopolitics

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