Book: Governing the North American Arctic


Book Release:  

Governing the North American Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Institutions, edited by Dawn Alexandrea Berry, Nigel Bowles, and Halbert Jones (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Dr. Dawn Alexandrea Berry, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Einaudi Center, is lead editor of “Governing the North American Arctic:  Sovereignty, Security, and Institutions,” recently published by Palgrave Macmillan. 

Professor Neil MacFarlane of the University of Oxford has called the work a “landmark volume covering the implications of change for governance, security, commerce, and human welfare” in the Arctic, and one which “provides a rich and stimulating entry into this rapidly changing and important, but neglected, region.” 

This volume is unique in its interdisciplinary approach to the study of Arctic governance, and brings together contributions from distinguished international academics, the former Canadian National Defence minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and prominent Arctic leaders, along with official statements from diplomatic representatives of Canada, the United States, and Greenland. 

Dr. Berry asserts that “this interdisciplinary scholarship is essential when examining the contemporary issues of governance in the Arctic as the region is increasingly confronted by the pressing and multifaceted challenges arising from global climate change.”  The timeliness and significance of this book is further underlined by the recent joint statement on the Arctic issued by the American and Canadian governments. 

While at Cornell, Dr. Berry is completing a monograph exploring American foreign policy relating to the Arctic and Antarctic, and has been imparting her expertise to Cornell students in her senior-level seminar “Geopolitics on Ice: Technology, Resources, and War in the Polar Regions,” a course cross-listed in the History, Government, and Science and Technology Studies departments. 

To learn more about Dr. Berry’s work and research, please visit the Einaudi Center’s Postdoctoral Fellows 2015-2016 Page.