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29/10/2009 | On Thin Ice: The Inuit, the State, and the Challenge of Arctic Sovereignty

Martin Edwin Andersen

"Barry Scott Zellen poses tough questions about Canada's own claims to a vast swathe of the soon-to-be hotly contested resource-rich Arctic. Zellen not only shows how much these depend on whether a collaborative and interdependent relationship can be successfully forged with Native peoples struggling to preserve fragile ecosystems and their own ethnic identity, but how conceptions of human security, tribal security and national security are inexorably tied together. Zellen's keen insight and painstaking research suggests that truths from the land of the midnight sun might illuminate and guide the struggles of indigenous peoples around the globe. A must read for the 21st century."—Martin Edwin Andersen, author of Peoples of the Earth: Ethnonationalism, Democracy, and the Indigenous Challenge in "Latin" America

 

On Thin Ice explores the relationship between the Inuit and the modern state in the vast but lightly populated North American Arctic. It chronicles the aspiration of the Inuit to participate in the formation and implementation of diplomatic and national security policies across the Arctic region and to contribute to the reconceptualization of Arctic Security, including the redefinition of the core values inherent in northern defense policy.

With the warming of the Earth's climate, the Arctic rim states have paid increasing attention to the commercial opportunities, strategic challenges, and environmental risks of climate change. As the long isolation of the Arctic comes to an end, the Inuit who are indigenous to the region are showing tremendous diplomatic and political skills as they continue to work with the more populous states that assert sovereign control over the Arctic in an effort to mutually assert joint sovereignty across the region

Published on the 50th anniversary of Ken Waltz's classic Man, the State and War, Zellen's On Thin Ice is at once a tribute to Waltz's elucidation of the three levels of analysis as well as an enhancement of his famous "Three Images," with the addition of a new "Fourth Image" to describe a tribal level of analysis. This model remains salient in not only the Arctic where modern state sovereignty remains limited, but in many other conflict zones where tribal peoples retain many attributes of their indigenous sovereignty.

About the Authors & Editors:
Barry Scott Zellen is research director of the Arctic Security Project at the Center for Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School.

$70.00 | Cloth | 0-7391-3278-4 | 978-0-7391-3278-4 | Nov 2009 | 270 pp.

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