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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