Polar Politics of The Ice: Two New Volumes

NEXT DECADE Report of a Study Group Chaired by Sir Anthony Parsons. Cambridge University Press, New York, 1987. 164 pp. $44.50. THE ANTARCTIC TREATY REGIME Law, Environment and Resources. Gillian D. Tnggs, ed. Cambridge University Press, New York, 1987. 239 pp. $54.50. The Antarctic Treaty, a pioneering political milestone, successfully resolved international territorial disputes to guarantee a free environment for scientific research: Negotiated nearly 30 years ago, the treaty has achieved

Arthur Ford
May 1, 1988
NEXT DECADE

Report of a Study Group Chaired by
Sir Anthony Parsons. Cambridge
University Press, New York, 1987. 164
pp. $44.50.

THE ANTARCTIC TREATY REGIME Law, Environment and Resources.
Gillian D. Tnggs, ed. Cambridge
University Press, New York, 1987. 239
pp. $54.50.
The Antarctic Treaty, a pioneering political milestone, successfully resolved international territorial disputes to guarantee a free environment for scientific research: Negotiated nearly 30 years ago, the treaty has achieved a great deal. An entire continent is demilitarized, denuclearized and dedicated only to the peaceful pursuits of biologists, geologists, glaciologists and tourists.

The treaty has worked, some observers say, because the continent’s economic worth is not yet known. The issue of minerals exploitation, which was not covered in the-agreement, now has become a topic of increasing concern. Some non-treaty nations claim that Antarctica’s economic resources are “the common heritage of mankind, and therefore should be divided equitably under United...

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