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Konflikten Om Arktis
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Arctic region has not been a topic of discussion or a reason for a conflict in the past, but with the development of environmental issues which has resulted in melting of the ice, so has the interest for the region developed. This has resulted in a conflict over the area, with five countries as main actors. This paper investigates the five main actors’ goals with increased influence in the area, using the thoughts of Rational Actor Model, with states as utility-maximizing actors and foreign policy as the expression of national interest. Furthermore the paper investigates the means of getting to the goal, what kind of tools they use.The paper shows that all of the countries are interested in the economically benefits that are buried under the melting ice and the short cuts in sea routes that will be a possibility to use ones the ice melt more. It is also revealed that there is a security concern when the region is more accessible. The main tools that the countries use to get the influence that they wish are military and diplomacy means.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
National interests, Goals, Arctic region, conflict, Foreign policy
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-34616OAI: diva2:721249
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
International Social Sciences Programme, specialization Global Studies, 180 credits
2014-06-03, 18:38 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-06-09 Created: 2014-06-03 Last updated: 2014-06-09Bibliographically approved

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