Breaking Through? Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic

Breaking Through? Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic. Edited by  Wilfrid Greaves and P. Whitney Lackenbauer. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022.

Globalization, climate change, and increased geopolitical competition are having a profound impact on the Arctic, affecting the ways we understand both sovereignty and security within the region. Further clouding our understanding is the fact that Arctic sovereignty and security are rarely, if ever, examined together. In Breaking Through, a diverse group of emerging and established scholars comes together to present theoretically robust and empirically grounded analyses of Arctic sovereignty and security in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Throughout the volume, readers will discover insights from across the social sciences and fresh perspectives on under-studied dimensions of, for instance, how environmental changes, foreign and security policies, and Indigenous peoples interact to produce different meanings of sovereignty and security in the Arctic. Drawing on extensive primary and secondary research, Breaking Through offers important and timely conclusions for policymakers, advocates, scholars, and students.

Wilfrid Greaves is an assistant professor of International Relations at the University of Victoria.

P. Whitney Lackenbauer is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian North and a professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University.


Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic: An Introduction – Wilfrid Greaves and P. Whitney Lackenbauer

1. In Search of Polar Sovereignty, 1900-1959 – Peter Kikkert
2. The Gentleman’s Agreement: Sovereignty, Defence and Canadian-American Diplomacy in the Arctic – Adam Lajeunesse
3. Arctic Security and Sovereignty Through a Media Lens  – From a Pile of Frozen Rocks to the Bottom of the Sea – Mathieu Landriault
4. Understanding Arctic Security: A Defence of Traditional Security Analysis – Rob Huebert
5. National Security and the High North: Post-Cold War Arctic Security Policy in Norway – Wilfrid Greaves
6. Russia and Arctic Security: Inward-Looking Realities – Alexander Sergunin
7. Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Canadian Security and Safety in the Arctic – P. Whitney Lackenbauer
8. One Arctic? Northern Security in Canada and Norway – Andreas Østhagen
9. Understanding the Recent History of Energy Security in the Arctic – Petra Dolata
10. Human Insecurities of Marginalized Peoples in the Arctic: The cost of Arctic and Nordic Exceptionalism – Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv
11. Addressing Inequalities in the Arctic: Food Security in Nunavut – Natalia Loukacheva
12. The Transformative Power of ‘Security’-Talk – Frank Sejersen
Afterword: Wilfrid Greaves