The Geo-politics of Arctic Sustainability

By Klaus Dodds Having spent a very pleasant few days in Nuuk Greenland (as part of a University of Aalborg-led project called ‘POLITICS OF POSTCOLONIALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN THE ARCTIC’) I have refined my thinking about what such a topic might entail. Listening to scholars from Denmark, Norway, UK and the United States, it was…

VISIT | Landing in the Global Arctic

By Prof. Klaus Dodds Last month, I was in Singapore, working with a colleague and Royal Holloway PhD graduate, Dr Chih Yuan Woon at the National University of Singapore. With the generous support of the British Academy through the “International Partnership and Mobility Scheme”, we brought together 10 speakers from Asia, North America and Europe to…

Inuit Intuition: Recasting Arctic Cartographies

By Josh Holmes Echoing imperial desires to locate the fabled Northwest Passage, the looming spectre of an ice-free Arctic has sparked a sensationalised “scramble for the seabed” that reaffirms the prevailing geopolitical imaginary of untold prosperity from greater access, and control, over the “white blank” on the map. Last December, Denmark became the fourth Arctic…

The submarine and the icy surface

This posting forms part of a series of ‘Polar Posts’ by our MSc students as part of their work in Klaus Dodds’ Geopolitics of the Polar Regions class. We will be adding further Polar Posts in the coming months. Writing on the ‘surficial qualities of camouflage’, Isla Forsyth, explores the importance of human and technological…

Passage(s) of an Arctic Icebreaker, WW II Veteran and Israeli Hero

By Elizabeth Alexander, MSc Geopolitics and Security post-graduate student.  Born 1927, Newport News, Virginia. USA  Died 1962, Haifa, Israel CGC Northland, icebreaker, cruiser, sailor, spy, postmaster and navigator of the seas, Nazi hunter, decorated war hero, blockade-runner and rescuer of refugees ceased Feb. 2, 1962 in Haifa, Israel. Scrapped (in Italy) but not forgotten. We…