Book Launch: Antarctica, the Battle for the Seventh Continent

Book by Doaa Abdel-Motaal 15. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 14:30-15:30

Location: Hafnarkot, Harpa First Level

This session launches the book Antarctica, The Battle for the Seventh Continent, written by Doaa Abdel-Motaal, and published by Praeger in September 2016.

The book argues that the Antarctic Treaty System needs to be dismantled and Antarctica divided up based on the Svalbard model of governance.  The ban on mining in the Antarctic Treaty System comes up for review in 2048, and with the rapidly warming Antarctic Peninsula that now enjoys the same climate as Greenland, the book discusses the need to take pre-emptive action in dividing up the continent rather than await disorderly outcomes. The occupation of Antarctica, the exploitation of its mineral resources, and the transfer of climate refugees to the continent are amongst the key themes of the book.  Of the book, the former Prime Minister of Greenland, Aleqa Hammond has written: "A thought-provoking book on the potential occupation of the seventh continent. In it, I have sent a message to the future population of Antarctica: 'Decide your own destiny and your own future… You will have your own life, you will live there, and you should be the ones to decide.'


  • Doaa Abdel-Motaal, Author


  • Aleqa Hammond, Former Prime Minister of Greenland and Member of Danish Parliament 
  • Sven Olof Lindblad, CEO, Lindblad Expeditions


  • Martin Breum, Journalist and author