Arctic Yearbook 2014 - Page 443

Arctic Yearbook 2014 443 These positive effects are not to be undervalued even though the Arctic is currently characterized by a high level of co-operation and stability. Similar statements and evaluations which have until recently also characterized the political status quo on continental Europe, have now for example also undergone a drastic change as the result of the current crisis in Ukraine. Also the Arctic states need to acknowledge that the region remains still part of the broader context of global politics and has for example also already been a hotspot during the times of the Cold War (Lind 2014; Bergh 2014). As a consequence, the proposal of the implementation of CSBMs in the Arctic is not entirely new, but most of the times practical ideas did not address all aspects of CSBMs or did not touch upon their practical implementation at all (Bergh & Oldberg 2011: 6; Wezeman 2012b: 14). It is thus important to broaden the general understanding of CSBMs and conflict resolution in particular, as both should not exclusively be seen as reactive tools to counter immediate threats to peace and security, but rather as proactive tools which create and further strengthen the structural conditions ensuring the peaceful settlement of disputes among nations. Practical Implications and Proposals As this article aims to contribute to the closure of this gap, the following section will present a selection of practical proposals which are based on the author’s previous research on the issue and which have been worked out under the careful consideration of the current political status quo. The author would nevertheless like the rea \