Polar Partners or Poles Apart? On discourses of two US think tanks on Russia’s presence in the ‘High North’ . / Van Efferink, Leonhardt.

In: Geographical Journal, Vol. 178, No. 1, 03.2012, p. 3–8.

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Polar Partners or Poles Apart? On discourses of two US think tanks on Russia’s presence in the ‘High North’ . / Van Efferink, Leonhardt.

In: Geographical Journal, Vol. 178, No. 1, 03.2012, p. 3–8.

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