Claire Christian is director of the Secretariat of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), which consists of more than thirty environmental groups working to protect the Antarctic environment.

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At the height of the Cold War, in the early 1960s, the Antarctic Treaty was an unexpectedly positive development in international relations. A successful international research program known as the International Geophysical Year, which focused on Arctic and Antarctic research, had just concluded and boasted impressive results. Many of the …

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