Prospects of Arctic Governance: A Critical Analysis of Current Trends and Future Scenarios

Prospects of Arctic Governance: A Critical Analysis of Current Trends and Future Scenarios

Ottobre 2016
29 pagine
978-­88-­6856-­077-5

In the coming years the Arctic is going to face an increasing number of challenges, most of which  are  connected  to  the  impacts  of  climate  change  in  the  northernmost  region  of  the  world.  In  this  paper,  I  aim  to  carry  out  an  analysis  of  the  prospects  of  Arctic  governance, examining  the  institutions  that  allow  for  multilateral  cooperation  as  well  as  possible  scenarios of their evolution. Firstly, I present the main features of the Arctic, including the main challenges that this region is going to face as a result of climate change. In doing that, I explain why it is important to assess which governance arrangements are best suited to face such challenges. Secondly, I provide an overview of current trends in Arctic multilateral governance  arrangements.  In  the  third  and  last  section,  I  set  out  four  possible  governance  scenarios and I examine their respective advantages and drawbacks.