Russia's Far North. The Contested Energy Frontier
The Russian Far North is immensely rich in resources, both energy and other resources, and is also one of the least developed regions of Russia. This book presents a comprehensive overview of the region. It examines resource issues and the related environmental problems, considers the Arctic and the problems of sea routes, maritime boundaries and military build-up, assesses economic development, and considers the ethnic peoples of the region and also cultural and artistic subjects. Overall, the book provides a rich appraisal of how the region is likely to develop in future.
The work examines Russia's quest for sovereignty in the Arctic region in the 21st Century. This includes the renewed territorial disputes for the greater Arctic basin, plans for hydrocarbon exploration and new Russian military bases, as well as for the reopening of the intercontinental Northern Sea Route in the conditions of global warming. However, the chapter argues, many of these plans are vain, underresourced and economically unviable. Their value lies in the symbolic sphere of representing Russia's greatness, and supportng the ambitions of a resurgent global power -- or rather, in "simulating sovereignty", to use the concept of Cynthia Weber.