Arktis: Grønlands strategiske arena for større udenrigspolitisk suverænitet

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  • Marc Jacobsen
Greenland’s foreign policy representatives use the great international attention to the Arctic to appear and act as a more sovereign foreign policy actor. This is possible due to Denmark’s dependence on Greenland to maintain its “Arctic state” status and because Greenland’s foreign policy competence is open to interpretation. The article analyzes how representatives of shifting Greenlandic governments have expanded the foreign policy room for manoeuvre in discourse and praxis to strengthen Greenland’s position at Arctic-related events. This has been achieved by, among other things, 1) outspoken discontent in the Arctic Council, 2) tacit gestures at the Ilulissat Declaration’s 10-year anniversary, and 3) by mimicking full sovereignty at the Arctic Circle conference serving as a particularly useful platform for enhancing bilateral international relations due to its more informal setup.
Translated title of the contributionArctic: Greenland's strategic arena for more foreign policy sovereignty
Original languageDanish
Article number5
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)485-506
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - Arctic, Greenland, Denmark, Foreign Policy Analysis, Geopolitics, Paradiplomacy, International Relations, Discourse, Praxis, Postcolonialism, Diplomacy, Sovereignty, sovereignty games

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