Book Launch: Antarctica, the Battle for the Seventh Continent

Book by Dr. Doaa Abdel-Motaal 24. August 2016

This breakout session serves as the launch of 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. 

Discussants:

  • Ms. Aleqa Hammond, Former Prime Minister of Greenland and Member of Danish Parliament 
  • Dr. Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Professor, Barents Chair in Politics, University of Tromsø -The Arctic University of Norway

Author: Dr. Doaa Abdel-Motaal