Antarctica, with its freezing temperatures, wind blown surfaces, and shockingly low amount of precipitation is the earth’s most inhospitable continent — surrounded on all sides by the southern ocean, it took until 1911 for explorers to reach the southern pole. Yet, the continent is not beyond the reach of politics.
In this special episode of our two part series on great power competition in the poles, we discuss the geopolitics of Antarctica. What is the Antarctic treaty? What are the treaties limitations? How has climate change and COVID-19 affected the region, and how are great powers pushing the envelope of what should and shouldn’t be done in the region? To help us answer these questions, today on the Podcast we are joined by Professor Klaus Dodds.