The continuation of interstate cooperative ties between conflicting parties in a post-crisis era can be explained definitively by the concept of “complex interdependence”. As the Ukraine crisis drags on and accelerates further, cooperation between Russia and Western countries has not ended altogether. In the Arctic at least, cooperation in such functional domains as search and rescue, fishing, and navigation as well as in the Arctic Council is barely or only slightly affected. This portrays interstate cooperation in the Arctic as a dynamic combination of rupture and continuation. The ongoing political dynamics in the Arctic reflect how a pre-existing situation of complex interdependence can prevent the entire breakdown of interstate relations. It can also avert escalation of a crisis through the approaches of a linkage strategy, agenda setting, and international regimes. At the same time, pre-existing complex interdependence can keep open channels of communication between the conflicting parties and further facilitate the process of re-building confidence.
邓贝西 邹磊磊 屠景芳. 后乌克兰危机背景下的北极国际合作: 以“复合相互依赖”为视角[J]. 极地研究, 2017, 29(4): 522-530.
Deng Beixi, Zou Leilei, Tu Jingfang. Arctic cooperation after the Ukraine crisis: Perspective of complex interdependence. , 2017, 29(4): 522-530.