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Sulikowski, Chavelli 2013 , 'France and the Antarctic Treaty System', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Field of Research code: 160607 International Relations
France is a prominent player in international Antarctic affairs. As a claimant
state, original signatory, and key player within all the Antarctic Treaty
System (ATS) institutions, with an extensive environmental legacy, France
has consistently occupied an influential role in the international Antarctica
political arena.
This thesis examines key instances of French cooperation in the ATS, and in
doing so, addresses questions relating to the nature of a single state’s
cooperation within a multilateral treaty regime. It considers the factors that
motivate French cooperation within the ATS, and the strategic focus setting
for France’s Antarctic agenda through examining two key questions: what
are the drivers that have led to France undertaking increasing cooperative
engagement within the ATS over the last decade? And, through what
principal means is France pursuing cooperation within the ATS?
International regime theory, and in particular, the insights from the concept
of complex interdependence, provides the analytical framework, and more
widely assists in our understanding of international cooperation. This thesis
also considers relevant aspects of international environmental law relating to
France’s engagement in the ATS. Three empirical case studies covering
scientific and technical cooperation, marine living resource management,
and environmental protection in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean region,
provide evidence that assists in identifying the key characteristics, and
patterns of interaction that encourage and facilitate France’s multi-­‐‑level
cooperation within the ATS, and that enhance our understanding of the
contemporary cooperative trends of France as a key player within the ATS.
France has maintained consistent engagement within the ATS following the
entry into force of the Antarctic Treaty over fifty years ago, and has pursued
a number of key policy objectives in order to achieve its Antarctic agenda.
Several contributing factors are identified as influential in France’s increasing
cooperative behaviour within the ATS. France places significant emphasis on
pursuing multilevel cooperative agreements within the ATS, particularly at
the bilateral level.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Sulikowski, Chavelli
Keywords: Antarctica, Antarctic treaty system, France, international cooperation
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