Brutschin, Schubert Published in ERSS on the Arctic

Dr. Elina Brutschin and Dr. Samuel R. Schubert published their latest article, "Hot Tempers, and High Stakes: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of the Arctic" in the June edition of the renown peer-reviewed journal Energy Research & Social Science (ERSS).

Addressing a timely and hotly debated topic, Profs. Brutschin and Schubert assess and critically discuss different geopolitical and geoeconomic perspectives before "examining whether the Arctic's special characteristics make circumpolar state cooperation more or less likely in an economic and politically sustainable fashion". They look at the correlation between economic and military activities, presenting "descriptive spatial temporal data on new oil and gas projects, shipping routes and activity, icebreaker orders, submissions to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), and different types of military activities of the five Arctic littoral states". Their research ultimately suggests that "economic interests drive military activity in the Arctic rather than purely classical expansionist explanations".

The entire article is accessible online (but for free only for a limited period of time) here. Our students are invited to contact faculty for a copy.

Assistant Professor Dr. Elina Brutschin works as research faculty of Webster Vienna. Her current projects include her newest book, to be published by Palgrave, "EU Gas Security Architecture. The Role of the Commission's Entrepreneurship" and an article together with Andreas Fleig (Heidelberg University), "Innovation in the Energy Sector - The Role of Fossil Fuels and Developing Economies". An expert in EU energy security, Eastern European studies and quantitative methods, Dr. Brutschin teaches courses in these areas on both undergraduate and graduate level.

Assistant Professor Dr. Samuel R. Schubert (Webster Vienna Research Faculty) has recently published the book "Energy Policies of the European Union" (Palgrave, together with J. Pollak and M. Kreutler). Besides his research focus on energy security, Dr. Schubert works, writes and teaches in the fields of Middle East Area Studies, terrorism, US foreign policy and comparative foreign policy. Dr. Schubert is a frequent guest on various radio and TV stations, such as BBC Arabic, ORF television, FM4, and PULS 4. His analyses are also regularly published in various newspapers, such as Der Standard or Die Salzburger Nachrichten.