Nuclear-Free Zone Arctic : Models and Prospects

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Hamel-Green, Michael (2011) Nuclear-Free Zone Arctic : Models and Prospects. Osteuropa, 61 (2-3). pp. 289-299. ISSN 0030-6428


During the East-West conflict, the Arctic became one of the world’s most militarised regions. Strategic submarines cruised the north polar sea. Long-range bombers and intercontinental missiles, whose routes would have led over the North Pole, were to see to nuclear deterrence. Today, there is a chance to establish a nuclear-free zone in the Arctic. The Antarctic Treaty offers a model for demilitarisation. The establishment of nuclear-free zones in other regions of the world made it possible that nuclear states do not have to take the initiative. Lessons are also to be learned from other nuclear-free zones. If civil society exerts pressure, and countries without nuclear weapons lead the way, the United States and Russia could follow.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 9403 International Relations
Keywords ResPubID23654, ResPubID25019, East-West conflict, nuclear-free zone, demilitarisation, Arctic region
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