New issue of Nordicum-Mediterraneum available online

A new special issue of Nordicum-Mediterraneum has been published
New issue of Nordicum-Mediterraneum available online

The new special issue of Nordicum-Mediterraneum 16(2)/2021, led by Dr. Barry Zellen from the Center for Arctic Study and Policy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, includes a ground-breaking and fresh set of eight new research articles that underwent double blind peer review. This issue focuses on international relations theories and geopolitics, providing analysis of the current state of Arctic geopolitics and the Arctic Council, as well as personal insights regarding the integration of the individual and its perspective in the Arctic.

Arctic indigenous peoples

In this issue, two articles deal with indigenous peoples, geopolitics and international relations: “Geopolitics, Indigenous Peoples, and the Polar Thaw: Sub- and Transnational Fault Lines of the Coming Arctic Cold War” by Dr. Barry Zellen, who highlights the interwoven nature of Arctic indigenous peoples’ empowerment and the interplay of rising great power competition; and “Understanding the Role of Arctic States, Non-Arctic States and Indigenous Peoples in Arctic Affairs Through the Lens of International Relations Theories” by Thomas Viguier, who focuses on understanding each group of power’ stakes in the Arctic from the perspective of international relations and geopolitics.

Challenges and trasformation of Greenland

In addition, two articles tackle the ongoing transformation of Greenland and its challenges: “High Stakes in the High North: Alternative Models for Greenland’s Ongoing Constitutional and Political Transformation” by Dr. Barry Zellen, who provides a deep analysis of alternative tools for Greenland to advance its stakes as a potential future Arctic state; and “The Greenlandic Question: An International Relations Analysis of a Post-Independence Inuit Nation” by Jonathan Wood, who provides an insight on the position of Greenland in the international scene as an independent indigenous state.

Furthermore, one article deals with the ambitions and international relations’ approach to Arctic affairs arising in Singapore: “Singapore and the Arctic: Is the Gibraltar of the East Going to Materialize its Geopolitical Ambitions?” by Thomas Viguier, who uses the microstate’s historical and development analysis in order to understand its philosophy and geopolitical position in Arctic affairs, promoting knowledge sharing as well as cooperation for a mutual benefit while addressing security issues.

The impact and challenges due to COVID-19

Finally, three articles propose a reflection of the self in the Arctic from different perspectives: “Schrödinger’s American: A Self-Reflection of One Person’s Role in Iceland’s Nordic and Arctic Discourse” by Jonathan Wood, who explains his role in contributing to Iceland’s discourse on both national and international levels; “Climate Change, the Arctic and I” by Martin Binachon, who exposes an original self-reflection connected to the role of non-state actors in shaping international relations in a context of a warming Arctic; and “The Pandemic, the Arctic and Me: A Levels of Analysis Discussion of Arctic Security Focusing on the 2020 Global Pandemic” by Soazic Dacal, who provides an analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on Arctic residents as well as the challenges and opportunities that arose from the situation using her personal experience as an Arctic resident in Iceland.