The United Kingdom and the Arctic in the 21st Century

Duncan Depledge

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Britain's interest in the Arctic stretches back over half a millennia. British explorers, companies, ships and scientists have at various times been at the forefront of bringing the Arctic into wider global, economic, political, scientific and cultural networks. This paper offers a glimpse into how the Arctic is seen by UK civil servants in the contemporary British government, as well as the challenges they face in reconciling the Arctic with broader global interests. No formal Arctic Strategy has been published although there has been a tentative declaration of intent. Lastly, the paper suggests how the UK can make a constructive contribution to the region through the development of a formal strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArctic Yearbook 2012
EditorsLassi Heininen
Place of PublicationAkureyri, Iceland
PublisherNorthern Research Forum
Number of pages138
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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