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Cold Front

Conflict Ahead in Arctic Waters

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November 27, 2012 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.7, 352 Pages | ISBN 9781619020580
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“A masterful assessment of the fast-changing Arctic.” —The Guardian

The Arctic. Land of ice and the six-month day, irresistible goal for explorers and adventurers, enduring source of romance and mystery, and now also a poignant and unavoidable indicator of the impact of climate change.

As the ice cap shrinks, the geography of the entire Arctic region changes—clear shipping channels replace immovable ice and inaccessible oil resources become available. What will be the long-term consequences of these cataclysmic changes, not only environmentally but also socially and politically? How will the lives of the many individuals who depend upon the natural resources of the Arctic be changed? And how will the global powers that wish to exploit the region’s many assets respond?

Cold Front is not just another attempt to predict the outcome of global warming. It offers a clear-sighted and penetrating investigation of the Arctic’s pivotal role in international relations, placing the polar region in its historical, political, and legal context. The thawing of the ice cap creates huge opportunities for trade and transport—and therefore also for conflict between Arctic nations. This beautifully written investigation provides insight, answers, and hope for the future of the region.

DAVID FAIRHALL was The Guardian’s Defense Correspondent throughout much of the Cold War, and he has written extensively on maritime subjects. He lives in Essex.


“Climate change is destructive enough in itself, but the political implications the author points out induce deep breaths in anticipation of a truly cold war.” —Publishers Weekly

“There will be many books to come on [global warming], but if one wants a strong sense of the overall economic and political impact of the predicted retreat of polar sea ice, Fairhall’s book is an excellent place to start.” —Arctic Book Review

“A masterful assessment of the fast-changing Arctic.” —The Guardian

Cold Front gets the story right! The story is not about Arctic sea ice retreat, but also about globalization and natural resource development driving future Arctic marine transport.” —Lawson Brigham, Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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