The Shipping News Part II

AuthorRob Huebert
DOI10.1177/002070200305800304
Publication Date01 Sep 2003
SubjectArticle
ROB
HUEBERT
The
shipping
news
part
II
How
Canada's
Arctic
sovereignty
is
on
thinning
ice
CLIMATE
CHANGE
IS
CAUSING FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES
in
the
Canadian
north.
The
net
effect
is
an
overall
warming
process
that
is
now beginning
a
transformation with
the potential
to change almost
all
aspects
of
life
in
the
region.
These
range
from the
way
in
which
the
northern
aboriginal
peoples
hunt
and
fish
on
the
land
to
the
Canadian
Arctic's
position
in
the
international
system.
With
regards
to
the
latter,
the changing
physical
environment
has
the
potential
to accelerate
a
wide
host
of
challenges
to
Canadian
Arctic
sovereignty
and
security.
A
warming
Arctic
will
become
a
more
accessible
Arctic
for
the
interna-
tional
community.
It is
this
greater
accessibility
that
will
test
Canadais
ability
to ensure
that
this
region remains
protected and
promoted
for
all
Canadians, including
those
that
call
it
home.
Not
everyone
believes,
however,
that
Canada
is
facing
such
chal-
lenges.
In
the
spring
2003
issue
of
International
Journal,
Dr.
Franklyn Griffiths
offered
an extensive
and compelling
article
on
why
he
believes
such concerns
about
Canadian
Arctic
sovereignty
are
either
overstated
or
so
far
into
the future
that
they
should
be
of
limited
concern
to
Canadians
today.
I
disagree
with
this
assessment.
Rob
Huebert
is
an
Associate
Professor
in
the
Department
of
Political
Science
and
the
Associate
Director
at
the
Centre
for
Military
and
Strategic
Studies
at
the
University
of
Calgary.
INTERNATIONAL
JOURNAL
Summer
2003

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