New Chapter: ‘The Polar Silk Road & the West Nordic Region’

Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík, Iceland [Photo by Marc Lanteigne]
On 1 November, the 2018 edition of the Arctic Yearbook was published online, featuring chapters on numerous aspects of Arctic development, economics and politics. Among the essays featured in this year’s edition is a piece co-written by OtC‘s editor, Marc Lanteigne, along with Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær, (Researcher at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen, Associate Researcher at the University of the Faroe Islands, and Adjunct Professor at Shanghai Ocean University), and Mingming Shi (Project Manager at the Icelandic Times, and a graduate student in West Nordic Studies at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík).

The chapter traces the development of China’s emerging ‘Polar Silk Road‘ in the West Nordic region of the Arctic, which includes the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland. China’s economic and political engagement of the region is examined, using the English School of International Relations, in addition to describing specific bilateral and multilateral agreements between Beijing and West Nordic actors.

Lau Øfjord Blaxekjær, Marc Lanteigne and Mingming Shi, ‘The Polar Silk Road & the West Nordic Region,’ Arctic Yearbook 2018, [pdf version]

The Arctic Yearbook is an open source publication, and all chapters from the 2018 edition and previous entries are available for download.