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Actors and patterns of cooperation and conflict is one of the eight work packages in this reseach programme. This work package will identify the various actors in the High North and analyse the interplay between them. States, particularly the traditional great powers, will play a key role in the region.
However, local and regional authorities, NGOs promoting environmental protection, as well as indigenous populations, have their own agendas. Commercial interests will grow dramatically in importance. These include large energy companies, many with state ownership, fishing interests, shipping companies and tourist business. The complex interplay among all these actors will have decisive impact on the geopolitics of the High North in the decades to come.
The "Actors and patterns of cooperation and conflict" work package is envisaged as having an over-arching character, covering the entire project period, and it will draw extensively on the findings from the other work packages.
There is a number fo unsolved issues in the High North which will be more pressing in the near future, as economic activities expand. For example, thre are eight bilateral boundary issues involving all states in the region. Of particular importance to Norway are the issues of the marine delimitation line between Russia and norway and the disareement on various aspects of the Svalbard Treaty. Moreover, the northernmost extension of the continental shelves in the Arctic is not yet decided.