Breaking the ice: Can environmental and scientific cooperation be the way forward in the Arctic?
Political Geography

In my commentary on
Klaus Dodds’s article in Political Geography, I suggest that the five
coastal states of the Arctic Ocean seem willing to maintain the existing
governance framework rather than creating new ones. Thus, new kinds of
cooperation arrangements may be the key element in strengthening and
integrating the international governance of the Arctic Ocean. I discuss
opportunities for cooperation in the commentary and point out that one
such an arrangement may be scientific cooperation in mapping the sea
floor of the ocean: science can create a platform for cooperation
between the coastal states. It can contribute to diminishing tensions by
making the states work together to conduct research and to evaluate the
technical and scientific results that are the product of the joint
fact-finding efforts.

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