About the Editor of OtC, Marc Lanteigne

The editor in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Originally from Montréal, Canada, I’m the editor of OtC, Marc Lanteigne (兰马克) (Ph.D. McGill University, Montréal). After living for two years in that great, unsung Arctic country (New Zealand), I returned to the actual Arctic (Tromsø) in 2019. Now I’m an associate professor and researcher in politics, security and international relations at the University of Tromsø: The Arctic University of Norway (UiT – Norges arktiske universitet)

I have previously taught and researched in Canada, China, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom, and have taught courses in international relations and comparative politics, including Asia and Europe. I have also guest lectured on Arctic and Antarctic issues in China, Japan, North America and Western Europe, including a regular summer short course at Peking University (北京大学).

Marc Lanteigne – UiT Staff webpage

I’m the author of several articles on Chinese and East Asian politics and foreign policy, as well as the book Chinese Foreign Policy: An Introduction, which had its third edition released in 2016, and the fourth edition published in July 2019.


In January 2020, a book which I co-edited, the Routledge Handbook of Arctic Security, was published. It is the first such compilation volume to specifically address the expanding areas of Arctic security studies.

[Image via Routledge]

Some chapters which I wrote about China, the Arctic, and the Polar Silk Road will be published in 2021, (watch this space!). I have been interviewed on Arctic and polar affairs by The New York Times, CNNAssociated Press, Agence-France-Presse, The South China Morning Post, and The Economist, as well as by news services from China, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.

In addition to editing Over the Circle, I am also the co-editor of the Facebook Arctic news site ‘GlobalArctic‘.

Sunrise in Tromsø, January 2019 [Photo by Marc Lanteigne]

During the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to present my recent research at international and regional conferences including the International Studies Association, the Arctic Circle, Arctic Frontiers, the High North Dialogue and the China-Nordic Arctic Research Council, and am an adjunct researcher as the Centre for Arctic Studies (CAS) at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík as well as at Ruhr University Bochum (Germany).

Since returning to Tromsø, I have become an Advisory Board Member (Norway) for the EU-HybNet Research Group (https://euhybnet.eu), and an Associate Member in the Network of Arctic Researchers in Ireland (NARI). I’m also happy to be a founding member, (and assistant communications point person), for The Grey Zone, a new research group on hybrid warfare and disinformation, which launched in October 2020.

I have conducted research and fieldwork in numerous parts of the Arctic and Northern Europe, including Alaska, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden as well as Northern Canada, as well as in China, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia.

Among my most recent Arctic-related publications available online are the following:

(with Mingming Shi) ‘Greenland in the Middle: The Latest Front in a Great Power Rivalry,’ The Polar Connection, 25 May 2020.

Identity and Relationship-Building in China’s Arctic Diplomacy,’ Arctic Institute, 28 April 2020.

(with Mingming Shi), ‘China’s Central Role in Denmark’s Arctic Security Policies,’ The Diplomat, 8 December 2019.

The Changing Shape of Arctic Security,’ NATO Review, 28 June 2019.

Snow Fort or Ice Path? China’s Emerging Strategies in the Arctic,’ High North News, 19 April 2019.

(with Mingming Shi), ‘China Steps up Its Mining Interests in Greenland,’ The Diplomat, 12 February 2019.

Kiina kurottaa pohjoiseen‘ (‘China Reaches the North’), Ulkopolitiikka (Foreign Policy), September 2018.

(with Mingming Shi), ‘The (Many) Roles of Greenland in China’s Developing Arctic Policy,’ The Diplomat, 30 March 2018.

Northern Crossroads: Sino-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic,’ National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), 27 March 2018.

China’s Polar Push: A Conversation with Marc Lanteigne,’ China Power Project, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, Washington DC), 28 February 2018.

(with Mingming Shi), ‘China Stakes Its Claim to the Arctic,’ The Diplomat, 29 January 2018.

Russia, China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Diverging Security Interests and the “Crimea Effect”,Russia’s Turn to the East: Domestic Policymaking and Regional Cooperation, ed. Helge Blakkisrud and Elana Wilson Rowe (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave, 2017), 119-38. Full volume (open access) available at https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-69790-1

‘Iceland’s Small State Diplomacy with China,’ China and Nordic Diplomacy, ed. Bjørnar Sverdrup-Thygeson, Wrenn Yennie Lindgren and Marc Lanteigne (London and New York, Routledge, 2017), 60-76.

(with Ulf Sverdrup) ‘Sino-Nordic Sub-regional Diplomacy and the “5+1” Model,’ China and Nordic Diplomacy, ed. Bjørnar Sverdrup-Thygeson, Wrenn Yennie Lindgren and Marc Lanteigne (London and New York, Routledge, 2017), 121-32.

Who Benefits From China’s Belt and Road in the Arctic?The Diplomat, 12 September 2017.

‘‘Have You Entered the Storehouses of the Snow?’ China as a Norm Entrepreneur in the Arctic,’ Polar Record 53(2)(March 2017): 117-30. [pdf file here]

China Loops the Arctic Into Its Belt and Road Vision,Arctic Deeply, 30 June 2017.

Keeping the Gunpowder Dry,Arctic Deeply, 6 March 2017.

‘Not Stopping Cold: China’s Emerging Strategies in the Arctic,’ Note d’actualité n°13/16 de l’Observatoire de la Chine, cycle 2016-2017 December 2016. [pdf file here]

‘One of Three Roads: The Role of the Northern Sea Route in Evolving Sino-Russian Strategic Relations,’ NUPI Policy Brief 2(2015). [pdf file here]

Other (Non-Arctic) Publications 

Geopolitics Returns to Belarus,’ Eastern Europe Studies Centre (Vilnius), 14 November 2020.

Defence and Direct Democracy in Switzerland,’ Centre for Peace Studies, UiT: The Arctic University of Norway, 7 October 2020, 

Belarus on the Brink,’ Centre for Peace Studies, UiT: The Arctic University of Norway, 8 August 2020.

The Spiraling Effects of the Sino-American Trade War,’ NUPI Policy Brief 9(2020)(June).

China’s UN Peacekeeping in Mali: Strategies and Risks,’ Oxford Research Group, 15 May 2019.

The Coup in Sudan: A New Dawn or Musical Chairs?,’ Centre for Peace Studies, UiT: The Arctic University of Norway, 13 April 2019.

China’s UN Peacekeeping in Mali and Comprehensive Diplomacy,China Quarterly, https://doi.org/10.1017/S030574101800173X, (March 2019). [paywall]

(with Miwa Hirono and Yang Jiang), ‘China’s New Roles and Behaviour in Conflict-Affected Regions: Reconsidering Non-Interference and Non-Intervention,’ China Quarterly, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305741018001741, (March 2019) [open access]

The China–Switzerland Free Trade Agreement and Economic Identity-Building,Journal of Contemporary China (January 2019). [paywall]

Zimbabwe’s Election and an Uncertain Future,New Zealand Herald, 11 August 2018,

The Role of UN Peacekeeping in China’s Expanding Strategic Interests,United States Institute of Peace – Special Report(18 September 2018).

‘ “The Rock That Can’t be Moved”: China’s Revised Geo-strategies in Myanmar,’ Pacific Review (December 2017): 1-19. [paywall]

Opinion: Catalonia – Catalyst for Independence Elsewhere?Massey University, 3 October 2017.

(with Aglaya Snetkov), ‘The Loud Dissenter and its Cautious Partner – Russia, China, and Global Governance and Humanitarian Interventions,International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 15(1)(January 2015): 113-46. [paywall]


The iconic ‘Ragged Ass Road’, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. [Photo by Marc Lanteigne]