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Will great power competition in the South Atlantic spill Into Antarctica?


Arpi, B and Press, AJ, Will great power competition in the South Atlantic spill Into Antarctica?, Australian Outlook pp. 1-4. ISSN 0004-9913 (2021) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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International politics is facing a return of great power competition. President Joe Biden has stated that the United States will not allow China to become the leading, wealthiest, and most powerful country in the world. In this context, this "new great game" seems to have found the Southwest Atlantic, and this has direct implications for Antarctica.

However, it is important to question whether wider global political tensions will necessarily be replicated in Antarctica. While the Southwest Atlantic has been prone to geopolitical tensions and territorial disputes have existed in the region for the last three centuries, the area south of 60 South latitude, governed under the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), enjoys a special political and legal status that has successfully kept this region free of armed conflict and significant political tension for the last six decades.

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Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctic treaty system, geopolitics, South Atlantic
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Protection and conservation of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:Arpi, B (Mr Bruno Arpi)
UTAS Author:Press, AJ (Dr Tony Press)
ID Code:150906
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-07-04
Last Modified:2022-07-05

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