|The Arctic Yearbook 2012|
|Friday, 13 January 2012 12:28|
Arctic Strategies and policies
Editor: Lassi Heininen, Northern Research Forum/UArctic-NRF
Managing Editors: Heather Exner-Pirot,
, University of Saskatchewan; Joël
SUMMARY OF ARCTIC YEARBOOK:
As the Arctic grows in significance and complexity both regionally and globally, stakeholders have a growing need for high quality and up-to-date assessments of the events and processes that are shaping the regional political landscape. The Arctic Yearbook is the preeminent repository of critical analysis on the region, with a mandate to inform observers about the state of Arctic geopolitics and security. It is an international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed publication.
The Arctic Yearbook contributions are analytically, rather than theoretically, driven and contribute to regional strategies and policies. The audience for the Arctic Yearbook is broad and includes regional stakeholders and policymakers from government, indigenous peoples, business, academic and media. The content covers issues of regional governance, state sovereignty and relations, cross-border cooperation, human security, military security, indigenous interests, sub-national interests, environmental concerns and economic development in the Arctic region.
The launch of the first issue – Arctic Yearbook 2012 – coincides with the 25th anniversary of Mikhail Gorbachev’s famous Murmansk speech, which first paved the way for regional and international cooperation in the Arctic on many fields. Much has happened in the Arctic since 1987, as the Arctic region has evolved from an area with virtually no international relations to one with institutions, treaties and established multi-lateral and multi-level cooperation. The next 25 years will be decisive for the region, and what will happen in the Arctic will be crucial for the entire planet; the Arctic Yearbook will be there to document and analyse the state of Arctic geopolitics and security, and further contribute to crafting strategies and policies capable of addressing the key issues.