Arctic Horizon of Russias Strategy: Contemporary Dynamics

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2010-9-54-65

K. Voronov, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO), 23, Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation (

Abstract. As a result of struggle between two concept-lines in prescriptive documents (concepts, strategies, doctrines) of the Russian Federation, certain compromise is reached between a popular ultra-liberal approach and national patriotic appeals for state development spatial reorientation. Having analyzed geopolitical aspirations of five Arctic states – Denmark, Canada, the USA, Norway, Russia (as well as NATO and the EU activities), and the legal regime of the Arctic, the author comes to a conclusion that, anyhow, no horrifying fight/race battle for possession of its territories or resources is taking place in practice. There is every indication to believe that all Arctic states will adhere to the existing and framing rules of international law (especially the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982). 

Keywords: Arctic, Arctic zone, general government long-term strategy, cooperation 

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For citation:
Voronov K. Arctic Horizon of Russias Strategy: Contemporary Dynamics. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2010, no. 9, pp. 54-65.

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