The Arctic Council after Kiruna

Philip Steinberg, Klaus-John Dodds

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This note considers the latest iterations to the Arctic Council following the May 2013 ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Sweden. While new state observers including China and Japan were admitted, the European Union's application was deferred and the entire list of non-governmental and intergovernmental organisation applicants was rejected without consideration. Although time-based pressures may have been a factor, the failure to consider the non-state entities’ applications has the effect of reinforcing the impression that the Arctic Council is and will remain a state-centric body.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-110
Number of pages3
JournalPolar Record
Issue number1
Early online date13 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


  • Arctic Council
  • Geopolitics
  • governance
  • Sweden
  • China
  • Asia

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