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Dr. Barry Zellen

Class of 1965 Arctic Scholar

Dr. Barry Zellen Barry Scott Zellen joined the Center for Arctic Study and Policy as the Class of 1965 Arctic Scholar in January 2019. As a veteran Arctic scholar since the early 1990s, Zellen lived and worked in the Western Arctic for over a decade where he was principal investigator of a community-based research project on the post-Cold War Arctic security environment funded by the Canadian Institute of International Peace and Security (CIIPS) in 1991. It was at that point that Zellen began his formal study of local, regional and national decision-making structures and their effects on the reformulation of post-Cold War security to include human, environmental and tribal security components. Zellen also served as executive director, general manager and managing editor of several Aboriginal language media centers funded by Heritage Canada’s Northern Native Broadcast Access program (NNBAP) serving the indigenous communities of the Mackenzie Delta/Beaufort Sea region; the Mackenzie River Valley, Great Bear Lake and Great Slave Lake region; and the Yukon Territory from 1990 until 1999. In this capacity, he developed new program content and formats for radio, television and print media in a wide range of indigenous languages and dialects, and received multiple grants to sustain these programs from the territorial and national governments as well as foundations and corporations serving the Far North. He developed a curriculum for an undergraduate class in Arctic Land Claims for the Center for Northern Studies, founded by pioneering Arctic researchers Steve and Oran Young, which he later adapted and taught as an adult education course for Yellowknife-based Aurora College.

After 9/11, Zellen’s research shifted from exclusively focusing on the Arctic region to a more comparative approach examining tribe-state relations and asymmetrical conflict between tribal peoples and sovereign states worldwide. Throughout the first decade of the 2000s, he edited the Strategic Insights Journal and The Culture and Conflict Review published by the Naval Postgraduate School, and began publishing both his Arctic research and his comparative/global research on state-tribe relations in book format. To date he has published over a dozen volumes from a wide range of academic presses including Continuum Books, Bloomsbury Academic, Praeger Security International, University of Calgary Press, and Stanford University Press. Having completed his master’s degree in political science (international relations) at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985, where he studied under international relations theorists Kenneth Waltz and Ernst Haas, and with a bachelor’s degree in government (international relations and political theory) from Harvard University in 1984, where he studied with political psychologist Herbert Kelman, the pioneer of problem-solving workshops as informal pathways for negotiating the end of protracted military conflicts, and worked as a research assistant to John D. (Jack) Montgomery on international reform as a tool of counterinsurgency, and Gene Sharp on people-powered resistance to totalitarianism, Zellen returned to his graduate studies and completed his doctorate in international relations at the University of Lapland in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, his postdoctoral research was funded by the Kone Foundation in Helsinki.

Education

  • Ph.D., International Relations (eximia cum laude approbatur), University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, 2015
  • M.A., Political Science (distinction in International Relations), University of California, Berkeley, 1985
  • B.A., Government (magna cum laude), Harvard University, 1984

Selected Publications
Books (Monographs)

  • State of Recovery: The Quest to Restore American Security After 9/11, Bloomsbury Academic, January 2013
  • The Art of War in an Asymmetric World: Strategy for the Post-Cold War Era, Continuum Books, July 2012
  • State of Doom: Bernard Brodie, the Bomb, and the Birth of the Bipolar World, Continuum Books, December 2011
  • The Realist Tradition in International Relations: The Foundations of Western Order (4 volumes), ABC-Clio (Praeger Security International), August 2011
  • On Thin Ice: The Inuit, the State and the Challenge of Arctic Sovereignty, Lexington Books, November 2009
  • Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic, ABC-Clio (Praeger Security and the Environment), October 2009
  • Breaking the Ice: From Land Claims to Tribal Sovereignty in the Arctic, Lexington Books, March 2008

Books (Edited Volumes)

  • Land, Indigenous Peoples and Conflict, Routledge, Complex Real Property Rights Series, October 2015 (co-editor)
  • Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency, Stanford University Press, Stanford Security Studies Series January 2014 (co-editor)
  • The Fast-Changing Arctic: Rethinking Arctic Security for a Warming World, University of Calgary Press, Northern Lights Series, July 2013 (editor)

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

  • Globalization, Economic Modernization and Multinational Corporations in the Arctic. Chapter in the forthcoming 2019 Palgrave Handbook on Arctic Policy, Ken Coates and Carin Holroyd, eds.
  • State Expansion and Indigenous Response in the Arctic: From Northern Frontier to Globally-Integrated Indigenous Borderland. Chapter in the forthcoming 2019 Palgrave Handbook on Arctic Policy, Ken Coates and Carin Holroyd, eds.
  • Crossborder Indigenous Collaboration and the Western Arctic Borderland. Chapter 3 in The Networked North: Borders and Borderlands in the Canadian Arctic Region (Centre for Foreign Policy and Federalism, St. Jerome’s University/Borders in Globalization, University of Victoria, 2017), Heather Nicol and Whitney Lackenbauer, eds.
  • Introduction (co-written with Alan C. Tidwell). Chapter in Land, Indigenous Peoples, and Conflict (Routledge, Complex Real Property Rights Series, 2015), Alan C. Tidwell and Barry Scott Zellen, eds.
  • From Counter-Mapping to Co-Management: The Inuit, the State and the Quest for Collaborative Arctic Sovereignty. Chapter in Land, Indigenous Peoples, and Conflict (Routledge, Complex Real Property Rights Series, 2015), Alan C. Tidwell and Barry Scott Zellen, eds.
  • Conclusion (co-written with Alan C. Tidwell). Chapter in Land, Indigenous Peoples, and Conflict (Routledge Complex Real Property Rights Series, 2015), Alan C. Tidwell and Barry Scott Zellen, eds.
  • Where East and West Converge: The U.S. Embrace of Collaborative Security for the Arctic. Chapter in The Handbook on the Politics of the Arctic (Elgar Publishing, 2015), Geir Hønneland and Leif Christian Jensen, eds.
  • Introduction (co-written with Thomas H. Johnson). Chapter in Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency (Stanford University Press, Stanford Security Studies Series, January 2014), Thomas H. Johnson and Barry Scott Zellen, eds.
  • Conclusion (co-written with Thomas H. Johnson). Chapter in Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency (Stanford University Press, Stanford Security Studies Series, January 2014), Thomas H. Johnson and Barry Scott Zellen, eds.
  • Arctic Spring, II: The Post-Arctic World Holds Much Promise for those Willing to Think About the Unthinkable Again. Chapter in World Geography School Site: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2012.
  • Arctic Spring, I: The Post-Arctic World Holds Much Promise for those Willing to Think About the Unthinkable Again. Chapter in World Geography Academic Site: Understanding a Changing World. ABC-CLIO, 2011.
  • Toward North Corps. Article in Journal of Northern Studies, Spring/Summer 2010.
  • Cold Front: Hillary, Ottawa, and the Inuit: A Year after the Inuit Re-Assert their Sovereignty, Washington Takes Their Side. Article in Journal of Military and Security Studies 12, No. 3 (Spring 2010).
  • The Inuit, the State, and the Battle for the Arctic. Article in Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Winter/Spring 2010, 57-64.

Selected Presentations

  • 2018: NESTVAL Panelist on “A ‘Fourth Image’ at the Interface of Tribe and State: Tribal Homelands, Expanding States, and the Foundation of International Order,” Panel on International and Political Geography, October 13, 2018, Keene State University.
  • 2018: Panelist on Indigenous Culture at the Borneo Research Council 2018 Conference, August 6, 2018: A ‘Fourth Image’ at the Interface of Tribe and State: Tribal Homelands, Expanding States, and the Foundation of International Order from the Western Arctic to Borneo
  • 2018: Panelist on the Arctic Security Panel at the 2018 USC Arctic Conference, April 11-12, 2018: State Expansion, Tribal Integration, and Political Stability in the Western Arctic: Internal Foundations of Arctic Security.
  • 2017: Panel organizer (Northern Borderlands Panel) and presenter, Arctic and Northern Section, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States Biennial Conference, October 22-23, 2017.
  • 2016: Panel presentation, “Northern Borderland: A Nexus of Borderlands Bound by Nature, United by Indigenous Culture and Language, and Divided by Expanding States,” to the Borders in Globalization Summer Institute at Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, on June 21, 2016.
  • 2015: Distinguished Arctic Speaker Series presentation and classroom guest lecture to the Arctic Research Group of the U.S. Naval War College, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, August 26, 2015.
  • 2014: Panel presentation, “From Co-Management to Collaborative Sovereignty: The Inuit, the State and the Fate of the Arctic,” to the Alaska Law Review Fall 2014 Symposium, “North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska's Emerging Frontiers,” University of Alaska, Anchorage, on the “Governance Structures in the Face of a Rapidly Changing Climate” panel, October 16, 2014.
  • 2014: Keynote Address presented to the Conference on Terrorist Innovation at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St. Andrews University, held at Pembroke College, Oxford University, September 1, 2014.

Honors

  • Fulbright Scholar, Polar Law Center, University of Akureyri, Iceland (2020, forthcoming)
  • Class of 1965 Arctic Scholar, U.S. Coast Guard Academy (2019)
  • Kone Foundation Researcher: Tribal Buffer Zones and Regional Stability from the Polar to Oceanic Region: Understanding the Interface between Indigenous Homelands and Modern States, and the Foundations for Stable Borderlands (2016-2017)

Professional Memberships

  • Co-Chair, Arctic and Northern Section, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) (2016-present)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (2012-2014)

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