The heating Arctic has become a key issue in global politics. While Canada, China, Russia, and the United States send submarines and icebreakers to militarize the North Pole, the ice itself contin- ues to recede, creating new trade routes and new opportunities for mining gas and oil. With more Arctic land mass than any other country, Canada is a major player in the region, claiming sover- eignty over the continental shelf and the Arctic Archipelago. In 2014 the Kingdom of Denmark, through its colonial claim on Greenland, declared ownership of the entire European hemisphere of the Arctic. Denmark’s claims on a territory larger than Scandi- navia overlap with more than five hundred square kilometres claimed by Russia, who has planted a flag on the ocean floor underneath the North Pole. In Cold Rush Martin Breum describes an aggres- sively militarized Arctic, with researchers encoun- tering Russian submarines, spy-plane pilots flying over aircraft carriers, and the inhabitants of Green- land forced into a new, contentious place in inter- national relations. What is quietly unfolding in the polar north is turning into a “great game” for territory and for resources such as oil, uranium, and nickel, all set against a backdrop of environmental destruction caused by climate change. Cold Rush brings this story to life in vivid detail. Martin Breum, a renowned Arctic expert, is lead correspondent for the Arctic Journal and a journal- ist for the Danish Broadcasting Association. 1 2 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 C U R R E N T A F FA I R S • A R C T I C S T U D I E S Cold Rush The Astonishing True Story of the New Quest for the Polar North martin breum A fascinating narrative on the global militarization of the Arctic. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S June 2018 978-0-7735-5363-7 $34.95T CDN, $34.95T US cloth 5.5 x 8.5 224pp 8 b&w illustrations North American rights