As the ice melts and the untapped mineral resources of the region become more accessible, there is increasing international tension over political control of the Arctic and widespread anxiety over the environmental impact of exploitation of its resources.
Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway University of London and researches in the areas of geopolitics, media and the international governance of the Antarctic and Arctic. He is editor of The Geographical Journal. In 2005 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for an outstanding contribution to human geography and critical geopolitics. He will look at the political and environmental issues in a region which has been widely considered as a potential flashpoint for international conflict, and a case study for the impact of climate change.