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The Future History of the Arcticby Charles Emmerson
Synopses & Reviews
Long at the margins of global affairs and at the edge of our mental map of the world, the Arctic has found its way to the center of the issues which will challenge and define our world in the twenty-first century: energy security and the struggle for natural resources, climate change and its uncertain speed and consequences, the return of great power competition, the remaking of global trade patterns
In The Future History of the Arctic, geopolitics expert Charles Emmerson weaves together the history of the region with reportage and reflection, revealing a vast and complex area of the globe, loaded with opportunity and rich in challenges. He defines the forces which have shaped the Arctics history and introduces the players in politics, business, science and society who are struggling to mold its future.
The Arctic is coming of age. This engrossing book tells the story of how that is happening and how it might happen—through the stories of those who live there, those who study it, and those who will determine its destiny.
Book News Annotation:
A treasure trove of natural resources and a main driver of global climate, the Earth's Arctic regions are increasingly important to the future of humanity. In this book, geopolitical specialist Emmerson examines the landscape, history, and politics of the arctic, looking at the actors who have shaped the region's past and identifying the forces that will shape the Arctic's future. That future is very much up for grabs, suggests the author, and depends greatly on whether the natural resources of the Arctic are preserved or developed. Emmerson's love of the Arctic infuses his prose, effectively keeping this book from being a dry accounting of facts and figures suitable only for policy wonks. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A vivid, visionary exploration of the Arctic, the forces that have shaped it, and its emergence onto the main stage of global affairs
About the Author
Charles Emmerson has been a Global Leadership Fellow and Associate Director of the World Economic Forum, heading the Forums Global Risk Network and acting as their resident geopolitical specialist. Formerly, he worked for the International Crisis Group foreign policy think-tank. He graduated top of his class from Oxford University, and, as a recipient of an Entente Cordiale scholarship, studied international relations and international public law at the Institut dEtudes Politiques de Paris. He now lives in London.
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