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Policy Gaps in the Northern Dimension: Raising Questions and Awareness in the Context of Globalization

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This paper examines the concept of the North and suggests that a new understanding of the region has largely developed in the last few decades, drawn from environmental, international, and physical criteria. It argues that because of this new understanding, the Circumpolar North poses challenges in terms of traditional definitions and perspectives, and this results in a series of policy gaps across the region. This is complicated by the fact that there are eight nations represented in the North, all of which contribute to the larger "polity puzzle," given their different demographics, political cultures, national interests, and approaches to northern development. The paper then identifies and discusses major challenges to conventional thinking about the North, and consequently to conventional policy.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-04-01

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