The North American Arctic

Themes in Regional Security

Edited by Dwayne Ryan Menezes and Heather N. Nicol


ISBN: 9781787356634

Publication: November 04, 2019

The North American Arctic addresses the emergence of a new security relationship within the North American North. It focuses on current and emerging security issues that confront the North American Arctic and that shape relationships between and with neighbouring states (Alaska in the US; Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut in Canada; Greenland and Russia).

Identifying the degree to which ‘domain awareness’ has redefined the traditional military focus, while a new human rights discourse undercuts traditional ways of managing sovereignty and territory, the volume’s contributors question normative security arrangements. Although security itself is not an obsolete concept, our understanding of what constitutes real human-centred security has become outdated. The contributors argue that there are new regionally specific threats originating from a wide range of events and possibilities, and very different subjectivities that can be brought to understand the shape of Arctic security and security relationships in the twenty-first century.

The North American Arctic provides a framework or lens through which many new developments are assessed in order to understand their impact on a changing circumpolar region at different scales – from the level of community to the broader national and regional scale.

Dwayne Ryan Menezes is Founder and Managing Director of Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI) and Honorary Fellow at the UCL Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction. He is also Founder and Director at the Human Security Centre and the Commonwealth Policy Development Centre; Chairman of the Advisory Board at Think-Film Impact Production; and Associate Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. He read history at the LSE and the University of Cambridge, graduating from the latter with a PhD, and has been affiliated since with research centres at Cambridge, Oxford and London.

Heather Nicol is Professor in the School of the Environment and Acting Director of the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University (Canada). She is a member of the Academic Leadership Team at the University of the Arctic (UArctic), the Lead of the UArctic Circumpolar Studies Program, and a member of the UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security and the EU- and Canada-funded Borders in Globalization international research network. She also sits on the International Advisory Board of Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI) and serves as its Canada Lead.

1.     Introduction

Dwayne Ryan Menezes and Heather Nicol

 2.     North by Far Northwest: Indigenising Regional Policy Innovation in Border Management

Christian Leuprecht and Todd Hataley

3.     The History of the Jay Treaty, and its Significance to Cross-Border Mobility and Security for Indigenous Peoples in the North American Northern Borderlands and Beyond

Greg Boos, Heather Fathali and Greg McLawsen

4.     A Land Without Borders – Inuit Cultural Integrity

Dalee Sambo Dorough

5.     Key Issues to Arctic Security

Randy ‘Church’ Kee, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret.)

6.     The North American Arctic Maritime and Environmental Security Workshop 2018: Summary Workshop Report

Randy ’Church’ Kee, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret.); Paula Williams and Heather Nicol

7.     Regional Border Security Management in the Territorial North

Heather N. Nicol, Adam Lajeunesse, Whitney Lackenbauer and Karen Everett

 8.     Bridging the Gap: Fostering Military-Civilian Collaboration to Improve Marine, Aviation and Telecommunications Infrastructure in the US Arctic

Mead Treadwell and Taylor Drew Holshouser

 9.     Canada’s Northern Borders in the Context of National Border Regimes

Karen Everett

10. An Evaluation of the Security Relationship between Canada and Greenland

Andrew Chater

11. Arctic Security for a Big Small Country

Tony Penikett

12. Minimising Vulnerability in Canada’s Arctic Borderlands through Cross-scale Linkages: the Beaufort Sea Partnership

Justin Barnes

 13. Reconciling the North: Transit Pipelines and the Pursuit of Self-Sufficient Self-Government in the Yukon

Nicholas Wilson

 14. ‘That happens up here?’ Human Trafficking and Security in the North American Arctic

Mike Perry

15. Informal Disaster Governance in the Arctic

Patrizia Isabelle Duda

 16. Historical Ecology for Risk Management

Anuszka Mosurska and Anne Garland



Format: Hardback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

390 Pages

16 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2019

ISBN: 9781787356634

Publication: November 04, 2019

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