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 war and strategy. My early research and writing (1990-2010) focuses 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. Since 2016, my research has been very kindly funded by the Kone Foundation of Helsinki. My project is titled "Tribal Buffer Zones and Regional Stability from the Polar to Oceanic Region: Understanding the Interface between Indigenous Homelands and Modern States, and the Foundations for Stable Borderlands." My project’s aim is to understand the theoretical contours of, and practical implications of, this oft-overlooked but nonetheless distinct structure in world politics – I think of it as the long-ignored but nonetheless salient "4th image" in International Relations that can be pre-, sub-, trans- and/or post-state, and which is contiguous with the historic boundaries of tribal homelands which, after state expansion, have become partitioned by new national and regional borders.


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)