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Big Oil Playground, Russian Bear Preserve or European Periphery?: The Russian Barents Sea Region towards 2015
by Bjørn Brunstad, Eivind Magnus, Philip Swanson, Geir Hønneland and Indra Øverland
Eburon Academic Publishers, 2005
Paper: 978-90-5972-039-8
Library of Congress Classification HD9575.R82B54 2004

In the far northwestern corner of Russia lies the Barents Sea: a rich region of natural resources that has yet to be fully exploited. Future actions taken in Barents will create major environmental, political, and economic ripples around the globe. Big Oil Playground, Russian Bear Preserve or European Periphery? explores three plausible and thought-provoking scenarios for the region's future over the next two decades.

The volume considers whether the international energy industry will transform Barents into a "big oil playground," if environmental protection rules will make it a "Russian bear preserve," or if integration into world trade will put it on the "European periphery." The result is a valuable resource for understanding the changing dynamics and challenges in modern public planning and a globalized economy.
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