RUSSIAN POLICY IN THE ARCTIC IN THE POST-COLD WAR PERIOD

2022-6
GÜNGÖR, TAYANÇ
This thesis examines the changing Arctic policy of Soviet Union and Russia between 1922 and 2022 through historical events, theories and personalities’ roles and their effects on alterations that affected Arctic policy making In doing so, the thesis reinforces the idea that main course of both Soviet and Russian policies for the Arctic, changing constantly and adapting itself to the shift in the worlds politics Also, it opposes the idea of the aggressive nature of the Arctic policies mostly postulated in secondary literature and offers a view of the existence of Soviet-Russian defensive policies for the Arctic and their reasoning. This thesis argues that Russia’s return to the Arctic after 2000-2022 and events through this time, turned Arctic a region with vital importance to Russia not just in terms of security challenges but also socio-economic dimensions. In this context, although Russian policies towards the Arctic can be traced back to old Soviet and Tsarist policies, Russian approach to the Arctic zone is still implying international cooperation while, the protection of Russian sovereignty and the development of the Arctic zone remained as a priority for the Russian Federation.

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Citation Formats
T. GÜNGÖR, “RUSSIAN POLICY IN THE ARCTIC IN THE POST-COLD WAR PERIOD,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.