Russia and the West: Environmental Co-Operation and Conflict

Russia and the West: Environmental Co-Operation and Conflict

Russia and the West: Environmental Co-Operation and Conflict

Russia and the West: Environmental Co-Operation and Conflict


H¿nneland assesses current environmental discourses and applies this analysis to look at the relations between Russia and the West with regards to environment problems. It includes three in-depth case-studies on environmental problems, living marine resources, nuclear safety and air pollution.


This is a book I have wanted to write for a long time. As a student, researcher, interpreter and observer, I have been close for one and a half decades to the environmental interface between Russia and the West in the European Arctic. I have studied various aspects of Russian environmental management and East-West co-operation in this sphere from different practical angles and theoretical perspectives. However, I have not yet been able to pinpoint those social phenomena that follow from the fact that the issues at hand are simply 'talked about' differently in Russia and the West.

The research was made possible by two separate grants. The empirical data were mainly collected under the project 'Northwestern Russia as a Non-Military Threat to Norway: Mechanisms for Problem Solving at the International, National and Sub-National Level', financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence in the years 2000-2001. The Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) provided internal funds that enabled me to finalise the manuscript during winter and spring 2002.

As usual, my former colleague and close friend Anne-Kristin Jørgensen has been my most important conversation partner on the themes of this book. We collaborated on several of the research projects that provided the empirical data for the study. Likewise, Arild Moe and Frode Nilssen worked with me on issues of nuclear safety and fisheries management. Bente Aasjord, Iver Neumann, Elena Nikitina, Ivan Safranchuk, Steven Sawhill and David Scrivener commented on various parts of the manuscript. Several of my FNI colleagues offered opinions and advice at an internal seminar on discourse analysis. Jildou Dorenbos and Lars Gulbrandsen went through several volumes of different Norwegian newspapers in search of articles on relations with Russia. Christel Elvestad, Christen Mordal and Morten Vikeby also provided assistance in the data collection phase. Thanks to you all.

Thanks also to the entire FNI staff, as well as our extramural assistants, for efficient support. In particular, I wish to extend my gratitude to my 'standing team' of assistants from recent book publications: to Chris Saunders for being a language consultant in the true sense of the word, to Maryanne Rygg for her professional technical assistance, and to Claes Rygge Ragner for producing all kinds of detailed maps on request.

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