Library Talk: Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic


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    2015•06•09    17:30 - 19:00

    On 9 June 2015, the UNU Library will host the launch of the book Diplomacy on Ice: Energy and the Environment in the Arctic and Antarctic by Rebecca Pincus and Saleem H. Ali (Yale University Press, 2015). This event will begin at 5:30pm in the UNU Library in Tokyo.

    As the race for resources in distant parts of the planet gathers momentum, the Arctic and Antarctic have taken on a more prominent role in international relations. Discussion has mostly centred on the potential for conflict, environmental destruction, and upheaval from climate change. This important new book shifts the conversation from conflict to cooperation, bringing to light various underappreciated facets of diplomacy. Expert contributors from a wide variety of disciplines provide a more nuanced view of emerging cooperation in the poles than ever before.

    The authors discuss the complexities of governing the Arctic and Antarctic, addressing such issues as energy development, indigenous peoples’ rights, tourism, invasive species, ship traffic, commercial fishing, military patrols, and mineral exploration. Will we repeat history and do lasting damage to fragile arctic ecosystems and traditional ways of life? Or can we create governance structures to protect these irreplaceable zones of discovery and awe, and usher in a new era of cooperation at the ends of the earth? This compelling book points the way toward finding the best answers.


    This Library Talk is open to the public, but advanced registration is required (by 5:00pm on 8 June). Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    You may also register by contacting the UNU Library by email (, phone (03-5467-1359) or fax (03-5467-1360).


    Saleem H. Ali is Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is also Adjunct Professor of Environmental Planning at the University of Vermont (US). Prof. Ali’s research focuses on environmental conflicts in the extractive industries and how ecological cooperation can promote peace in international relations. He is the author of several books, including Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future (Yale University Press) and Environmental Diplomacy (with Lawrence Susskind, Oxford University Press). Prof. Ali was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011. He also received an Emerging Explorer Award from the National Geographic Society in 2010, and has since then been a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. He received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from MIT, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Tufts University. Prof. Ali can be followed on Twitter @saleem_ali.


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