Northeast Asia turns its attention to the Arctic

18 December 2012   |   Analysis   |   By Linda Jakobson

In an analysis brief for the National Bureau of Asian Research, Lowy Institute East Asia Program Director Linda Jakobson writes that China, Japan, and South Korea are all vigorously lobbying to become a permanent observer on the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum established in 1996. Until the 21st century, the Arctic Council was mainly concerned with coordinating the protection of the environment and the rights of indigenous peoples. However, the council’s political significance has risen in tandem with the increasing pace of the melting of Arctic ice, and today it is regarded as the most influential international institution for developing Arctic governance and cooperation. The potential addition of Northeast Asian states to the council is controversial among many member nations.

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    The full analysis brief is available from the the National Bureau of Asian Research