Arctic Connections, Mapping Regional Cooperation in the Arctic

Arno Van Der Zwet, John Bachtler, Irene McMaster

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Climate change is having an accelerated and profound impact on the Arctic region. The impact is double-edged. It involves significant challenges for the communities in the Arctic and near-Arctic but also presents new development opportunities to address some long-standing difficulties faced by the region. On both counts, cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation initiatives – referred to as Arctic regional cooperation (ARC) in this paper - have an important role to play. Due to increased economic and social interdependence and ever closer European integration, such initiatives have proliferated across Europe in the last two decades. The northern periphery of the continent has been at the forefront of this trend.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherEuropean Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde
Commissioning bodyScottish Government
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014


  • climate change
  • Arctic
  • Arctic Connections Conference

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