East Asia-Arctic Relations: Boundary, Security and International Politics

The Arctic’s profile as a region for engagement and opportunity is rising among both circumpolar and non-circumpolar states. In addition to countries like Canada, Russia and the United States, which have expressed a renewed interest in the region, East Asian countries, such as Japan, Korea and China, are now increasingly fixated on prospects offered by the Arctic.

To the present, Arctic and East Asian nations have not engaged in extensive discussions about competing and complementary Arctic activities and responsibilities.  This project, beginning in 2012, will provide intensive analysis and discussion of historic, contemporary and future development in East Asia-Arctic relations.

A group of leading experts from Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, the United States and Canada, working in the fields of Arctic sovereignty, East Asian international relations, and the politics of the Circumpolar world, will gather at workshops in Whitehorse and Waterloo in March 2013.  They will draw scholarly and policy-making attention to East Asia’s growing interests in the Far North and address critical questions in the political, economic, legal and security connections between East Asia and the Arctic. Research outputs will include workshop papers, policy briefs, and a major research monograph.

Workshop Reports