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The Emerging Politics of Antarctica

1st Edition

Edited by Anne- Marie Brady


280 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the post-Cold War challenges facing Antarctic governance. It seeks to understand the interests of new players in Antarctic affairs such as China, India, Korea and Malaysia, and how other key players such as Russia and the USA or claimant states such as New Zealand or France are coping in the new global order.

Antarctica is the world's fifth largest continent and its territories are claimed by seven different states. Since 1961 Antarctica has been managed under the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), a regime which, according to its critics, by the terms of its membership effectively excludes most of the nations of the world.

This book examines the post-Cold War challenges facing Antarctic governance, and is organized thematically into three sections:

  • Part 1 considers the role of Antarctic politics in the current post-Cold War, post-colonial era and the impact this new political environment is having on the ATS.
  • Part 2 looks at the competing foreign policy objectives of a representative range of countries with Antarctic activities.
  • Part 3 examines issues that have the potential to destabilise the order of the Antarctic Treaty System, such as unrestricted tourism and new advances in science and technology.

The Emerging Politics of Antarctica will be of interest to students and scholars of international politics, polar studies and foreign policy studies.

Table of Contents

Preface: Anne-Marie Brady Part 1: Antarctic Politics in the Current World Order 1. The Antarctic Treaty: Challenges, Coordination, and Congruity Marcus Haward Part 2: Antarctica and Competing Foreign Policy Objectives 2. China's Rise in Antarctica? Anne-Marie Brady 3. India and Antarctica: Towards Post-Colonial Engagement? Sanjay Chaturvedi 4. South Korea's Strategic Interests in Antarctica, Anne-Marie Brady and Kim Seungryeul 5. Malaysia Turns to Science to Re-engage with the Antarctic Treaty System BA Hamzah 6. United States foreign policy interests in Antarctica Christopher C. Joyner 7. Russia, the post-Soviet world, and Antarctica Irina Gan 8. New Zealand's Antarctica Anne-Marie Brady 9. The French Connection-the role of France in the Antarctic Treaty System Chavelli Sulikowski Part 3: Burning Issues on the Antarctic Ice 10. Rallying Round a Flag? Scientific Internationalism in Word and Deed Aant Elzinga 11. Titanic Part II? Tourism, Uncertainty, and Insecurity in Antarctica Jane Verbitsky 12. Biological prospecting in the Antarctic: Fair Game? Julia Jabour

About the Editor

Anne-Marie Brady is an Associate Professor in Political Science specializing in Chinese and Polar politics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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