Barry Zellen

Ph.D., University of Lapland (2015)

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Research Interests:

My research interests include polar and tropical geography, tribal polities, and international relations. My initial research and writing (1990-2010) focuses primarily on the Western Arctic region, where I conducted research and resided during the 1990s while managing several northern, Aboriginal language media organizations. In more recent years, my research has expanded beyond the Arctic to include the Asia-Pacific region and the high North Atlantic. In 2019 I was appointed the Class of 1965 Arctic Scholar at the Center for Arctic Study and Policy at the US Coast Guard Academy. In Spring 2020, I will serve as a Fulbright Scholar at the Polar Law Program at the University of Akureyri, where I will continue my study of Arctic polities and models for sovereignty and quasi-sovereign assertions of autonomy -- building upon the foundation established by my earlier Kone Foundation project on tribal buffer zones and indigenous borderlands in world politics in which I theorized about the oft-ignored but nonetheless salient "4th image" in international relations contiguous with historic boundaries of tribal homelands, which continues to define regional and international boundaries in the Arctic region as well as other remote regions worldwide.


Selected Publications

Zellen, Barry Scott, ed. The Fast-Changing Arctic: Rethinking Arctic Security for a Warming World (University of Calgary Press, Northern Lights Series, 2013)

Zellen, Barry Scott. The Art of War in an Asymmetric World: Strategy for the Post-Cold War Era (Continuum Books, 2012)

Zellen, Barry Scott. On Thin Ice: The Inuit, the State and the Challenge of Arctic Sovereignty (Lexington Books, 2009)

Zellen, Barry Scott. Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic (ABC-Clio, Praeger Security and the Environment Series, 2009)

Zellen, Barry Scott. Breaking the Ice: From Land Claims to Tribal Sovereignty in the Arctic (Lexington Books, 2008)