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"In this comprehensive book, Byers addresses ownership of the oil and gas reserves in the Beaufort Sea, the Arctic activities of the Russians (we shouldn't feel threatened), and the not-so-burning question of who owns tiny Hans Island. As an Arctic-issues primer, this timely, cogent, focused work cannot be beat."—Globe and Mail, Ken McGoogan

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Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Professor Byers has led two projects for ArcticNet, a Canadian government-funded research consortium: the first on the Northwest Passage, the second on competing claims to the oil and gas reserves below the Arctic Ocean. He is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen and has written for the international newspapers The Guardian, Financial Times and London Review of Books. His most recent books were War Law and the glowingly reviewed Canadian bestseller, Intent for a Nation.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre; First edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553654994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553654995
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Ice is melting! And, sure enough, the international competition is heating-up for the acquisition
of important resources. The possession of oil, gas, and metals mandate a geopolitical 'race' particularly
to Russia's advantage.

All littoral Arctic Countries would benefit from peaceful and cooperative agreements.

This well written book helps one to understand!

Dag Stomberg
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Who Owns the Arctic? Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North by Michael Byers will get your blood boiling if you believe, as I do, that the Northwest Passage is Canadian and not an international waterway. What will be one of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper's legacies during his nine years in office as Canada's twenty-second Prime Minister will be his tough stance on Arctic sovereignty. All waters around the Arctic islands of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are Canadian. These waters are not international passageways no matter what bodies of water they are connected to:

"The legal dispute over the Northwest Passage does not concern Canada's title to the waterway. Rather, the United States has long considered that the Passage, which cuts between thousands of indisputably Canadian islands, fulfills the legal criteria for an international strait by connecting two expanses of high seas (the Atlantic and Arctic oceans) and being used for international navigation. From this perspective, Canada owns the waterway, but foreign vessels have a right of 'transit passage,' much like walkers on a footpath through British farmland.
"In contrast, Canada regards the Northwest Passage as 'internal waters' having the same legal status as the Ottawa River or Lake Winnipeg. Accordingly, foreign vessels must have Canada's permission and are subject to the full force of Canadian domestic law. But while that's clear enough, Canada has changed its legal position several times in the past century--opening it up to charges of inconsistency and, perhaps, weakening the claim."

Not good for the international take on our own state of affairs.
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Reading this book is excellent preparation for visiting the arctic, or just excellent reading for understanding more of the world.
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