Breaking the Ice Curtain?


Canada and Russia are the geographical giants, spanning most of the circumpolar world. Accordingly, the Arctic is a natural area of focus for the two countries. Although the end of the Cold War seemed to portend a new era of deep cooperation between these two Arctic countries, lingering wariness about geopolitical motives and a mutual lack of knowledge about the other’s slice of the circumpolar world are conspiring to pit Canada and the Russian Federation as Arctic adver­saries. Are Russian and Canadian Arctic policies moving in confron­tational direction? Can efforts at circumpolar cooperation survive the current crisis in Russian-Western relations, or does an era of grow­ing global competition point inherently to heightened conflict in the Arctic?


Table of Contents


  • Troy Bouffard, Instructor in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program, School of Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States
  • Andrea Charron, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Studies, and Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Jim Fergusson, PhD, Professor of Political Studies, and Deputy Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Viatcheslav Gavrilov, PhD, LL.D. Professor of International Law, School of Law, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia
  • Rob Huebert, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Whitney Lackenbauer, PhD, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian North, Trent University, Ontario, Canada.
  • Suzanne Lalonde, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Alexander Sergunin, PhD, Professor of International Relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and St. Petersburg State University, Russia.



С точки зрения географии, Канада и Россия – два гиганта, занимающие львиную долю территорий Арктики. Неудивительно, что обе страны сосредоточили своё внимание на арктическом регионе. Арктика является важной частью канадской и российской идентичности. Казалось, что после окончания холодной войны для Канады и России наступил этап развития дружеских отношений. Однако сдержанность обеих стран в готовности принять точку зрения другой стороны, а также отсутствие необходимых сведений об арктических стратегиях противоположной стороны, способствуют росту недоверия и ведёт к конфронтации. Насколько различаются арктические курсы двух стран? Смогут ли достигнутые в прошлом успехи в совместном решении арктических вопросов спасти отношения России и Запада от глубокого кризиса? Или эпоха борьбы за глобальное лидерство неизбежно приведёт к новому конфликту в Арктике?



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