By Prof Klaus Dodds
The author is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London and Editor of The Geographical Journal. His latest book is The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2012). Email: K.Dodds@rhul.ac.uk
An unbiased institutional body working as an overseer and comprising of a legislative organ to construct and modulate strong political frameworks and agendas that demand sustainable approach in the exploration and exploitation of the rare and precious resources of the Polar Region is the need of the hour.
The Polar Regions have returned to widespread public attention. Media reports of melting sea ice, the plight of polar bears and whales, the sustainability of indigenous livelihoods and the long term prospects for Northern communities, resource exploration and exploitation, and the ‘claiming’ of the Arctic and Antarctic seabeds have garnered international interest. Repeated framings of the Polar Regions as ‘frontier spaces’ at the apparent mercy of rapacious states and corporations have contributed to this febrile atmosphere. While often critical of...