ISDP Voices

    New Year’s Thaw on the Korean Peninsula: Will It Last?

    The meeting between high-level North and South Korean officials on January 9 was the first inter-Korean dialogue since December 2015. Following months of escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, the recent meeting offers a welcome opportunity to deescalate the mounting sense of crisis. The two sides agreed not only to North […]

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    Cryptocurrencies: Terrorism’s Next Frontier?

    Luc Walter warns of the potential dangers of terrorists utilizing cryptocurrencies to conceal their activities. At the end of November, it was widely reported that Bitcoin’s value had risen to more than $10,000, an increase of nearly $9000 over the course of 2017. Like other cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin uses decentralized control as opposed to the centralized […]

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    Uzbek Radicalization: Pattern or Placebo?

    The recent October 31 terror attack in Manhattan, during which eight people were killed and eleven seriously injured, has again raised the question of Central Asian involvement in Jihadist activity. Few details about the chief suspect, 29-year old Sayfullo Saipov, have emerged so far but some general observations can be made. Saipov has been identified […]

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    Japan’s post-election landscape

    On September 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his intention to dissolve the House of Representatives for a snap election on October 22. The results of the election saw his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) holding on to its two-thirds majority. The newly formed center-left Constitutional Democratic Party (CDP) came in second, and Tokyo governor Yuriko […]

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    Women and the 19th National Congress

    On October 18, the Communist Party of China (CPC) will hold its National Congress of the Communist Party of China (NCCPC) a key event in terms of reallocating power. During this event, the Central Committee is expected to see 70% of its 376 members to leave in favor of newcomers. Historically, female participation in the […]

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    South Korea’s Hard Reality Check

    As tensions escalate between the U.S. and North Korea, Seoul finds itself with little room to improve inter-Korean relations argues Alec Forss. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Democratic Party swept into power last May pledging to institute a fresh start in relations with North Korea. After nearly a decade of conservative governments which […]

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    A Tug of War? – East Meets West in Pakistan

    Partners in Practice Beijing has committed itself to an increasingly outward looking policy platform that emphasizes infrastructure improvements and a more visible global security presence and peacekeeping program. In doing so, China has joined more traditional sponsors of aid and development assistance, most notably the US and EU. At the same time, new political discourses […]

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    Why Brexit won’t bring China and Britain together

    A key promise in the Brexit bandwagon was that after Brexit, Britain could negotiate trade deals with whomever they liked. After all, Britain hasn’t negotiated an independent trade treaty since 1973. Seemingly, Britain could offset the negative implications of leaving the single market by crafting new trade deals with partners like China. There is some merit […]

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