An Unfolding Story: Antarctic Governance and Natural Resources
Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The explosion of resource exploitation leaves almost no continent untouched. Antarctica is the last untouched continent, and is protected by the Antarctic Treaty (1959). Today it may seem striking that the world came together to prevent such exploitation. How did this agreement come about? Against the background of the international agreement there is growing interest being expressed in the natural resources locked under the ice in Antarctica. Is Antarctica becoming the focus of international competition of natural resources?
David Day is currently an Honorary Associate at La Trobe University in Melbourne. His many books include prize-winning political biographies, a history of Australia and a thematic history of the world, Conquest: How Societies Overwhelm Others (OUP, 2008). His latest books include Antarctica: A Biography (2013), and the just-published book , Flaws in the Ice: In search of Douglas Mawson (Scribe 2013).
Anne-Marie Brady is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Canterbury, a fluent Mandarin speaker, specializing in Chinese and polar politics. She is the editor of The Polar Journal, and writes on topics ranging from China’s modern propaganda system, China’s foreigner-management and competing foreign policy interests in Antarctica. Her latest monograph examines China’s polar policies.
Cassandra Brooks is a PhD student with the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University who is studying international ocean policy, particularly focusing on marine protection in the Antarctic. She has worked in the lab, underwater, and at sea and has presented her work at conferences and workshops both nationally and internationally, while publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
Light refreshments will be served.