author={Nikolaj Berg Petersen},
  journal={Scandinavian Journal of History},
  pages={75 - 98}
  • N. Petersen
  • Published 1 March 2008
  • Political Science
  • Scandinavian Journal of History
The article deals with the so‐called Project Iceworm for the mobile deployment of up to 600 MRBMs under the Greenland Icecap. It was designed around 1960 by the US Army as its bid for a share in the US strategic deterrent, and later presented as a candidate for a NATO nuclear force. The project was considered favourably in the higher echelons of the Kennedy Administration, who were cautiously optimistic concerning the possibility of getting the necessary consent from the Danish Government. An… 
Invading the Whiteness: Science, (Sub)Terrain, and US Militarisation of the Greenland Ice Sheet
Impressive and awe-inspiring by virtue of its sheer size and its overpowering minimalism, the Greenland ice sheet arches over the island, a flattened dome rising thousands of metres above the
The Politics of US Military Research in Greenland in the Early Cold War
The focus of this article is US military research in Greenland and its role in Danish-American political relations in the early Cold War period 1945–1968. This was a period of intense US research
New programme for climate monitoring at Camp Century, Greenland
Camp Century was a military base constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in 1959 in the nearsurface layers of the Greenland ice sheet at 77.13°N and 61.03°W and 1910 metres above sea
The abandoned ice sheet base at Camp Century, Greenland, in a warming climate
In 1959 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built Camp Century beneath the surface of the northwestern Greenland Ice Sheet. There they studied the feasibility of deploying ballistic missiles within the
Danish Foreign Policy Yearbook 2004
The Atlantic Alliance at a New Crossroads: What Does It Mean for Denmark and Northern Europe? Ronald D. Asmus This chapter looks at the divide that emerged across the Atlantic and within Europe over
City under the Ice: The Closed World of Camp Century in Cold War Culture
Abstract Located on the beeline between the two nuclear superpowers, Greenland took on vital strategic importance during the early phases of the Cold War. As part of its polar strategy, the USA
The Militarization of the Arctic to 1990
This chapter charts the militarization of the Arctic—the mobilization of the region for military purposes—as it unfolded across time and space to 1990. This process was dictated by geography and
Journey to the centre of the ice: narrating ice-core drillings in northern Greenland
On the remote icecap in northwest Greenland, an international team of glaciologists led by scientists from Copenhagen University recently drilled a 2537.36 m long ice core, finally reaching bedrock
Climate Change and the Politics of Military Bases
  • J. Colgan
  • Political Science
    Global Environmental Politics
  • 2018
How does climate change affect the politics of military bases? The United States alone has hundreds of overseas bases that require continuous coordination with host governments. I argue that climate
Grounding Territory: Geoscience and the Territorial Ordering of Greenland During the Early Cold War
Following recent calls for a more ‘earthly’ geopolitics, this thesis contributes to the ongoing momentum within Political Geography to add depth, volume, and matter to the concept of territory.


Cold War Under the Ice: The Army's Bid for a Long-Range Nuclear Role, 19591963
Recently declassified U.S.Defense and State Department documents have shed new light on the motivations for Western missile deployment proposals. In some cases, conflicting political and military
The Nordic Balance
The term "Nordic balance'P as commonly used, expresses the notion that the stability of the Northern European area is a result of reduced great power involvement, and that comparable possibilities
Negotiating the 1951 Greenland Defense Agreement: Theoretical and Empirical Aspects
Since 1951 a Danish-American defense agreement on Greenland has regulated US military activities there. The article gives a detailed empirical-theoretical analysis of the negotiation of the Agreement
Abstract : This report tells the story of Camp Century, an effort to learn how to construct military facilities on the Greenland Ice Cap. It describes briefly the research done by several