HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 1, 2010 – Dr. Richard Parker, chairman of the Department of Marketing and Sport Management at High Point University and president of the Southern Association for Canadian Studies had an article published in the most recent edition of the Cambridge University Press journal “Polar Record” which is the premier international publication for issues affecting the Arctic and the Antarctic.
Parker, who co-wrote the paper with Dr. Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi, director of the Center for Economic Analysis at Winston-Salem State University, says the article, titled “Emerging legal concerns in the Arctic: sovereignty, navigation and land claim disputes,” is a follow-up to research that was presented at the 2008 joint conference of the Southern Association for Canadian Studies and the Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies.
“Our research deals with the clearance of the Northwest Passage, the retreat of the Polar Ice Caps and the implications that has for geopolitics and global commerce,” Parker explains. “As the Northwest Passage becomes navigable for longer periods of the year due to less ice coverage, many issues become important to consider. There are vast swaths of natural resources in the north, including oil, minerals and fresh water. With the sea lanes clear through the Canadian archipelago, a sea voyage from Shanghai to Rotterdam decreases by about 7,000 kilometers. That brings into consideration the opening of new markets and the potential for new conflicts over land claims. These are issues that will become increasingly important over the next 20 years or so.”
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