Arctic Security in International Security
AuthorBertelsen, Rasmus Gjedssø
Peace and war in the Arctic security is driven by international systemic forces of great power conflict. Since the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763) the geostrategic role of and thinking about the North Atlantic Arctic has been stable. The Napoleonic Wars, Crimean War, World War I and II and the Cold War affected the Arctic for geostrategic reasons. Current and future Arctic security reflects the postCold War international system, a resurgent Russia and the rise of China. The Arctic is not exceptional, and Arctic conflict based on competition for natural resources made accessible by climate change is unlikely.