ISDP has always paid particular attention to issues concerning conflict management and conflict resolution in its areas of focus. Ranging from territorial disputes between states to intrastate conflicts encompassing an array of actors, the need to identify and promote innovative ways of containing conflict and promoting peace remains as pertinent as ever.
In this regard, ISDP’s mission is two-fold. The first is to educate and inform through the Institute’s research and seminars about the complex causes and dynamics of conflicts as well as their resolution. Secondly, ISDP seeks to enable political, military, and other relevant actors in specific conflicts to engage in constructive dialogue and build trust.
ISDP’s approach to conflict management and mediation is based on deep understanding of both the theoretical development but more importantly its practical application. In so doing, it aims at bridging the gap between academia and practitioners.
The project aims at increasing the confidence in- and understanding of conflict management and conflict prevention in the military establishment, political elite, and research community in our regions of focus. Research projects have been established with primarily policy institutions all around Asia. Utilizing its extensive regional networks, ISDP is actively engaged in unofficial diplomatic efforts – as well as conducting training – in a number of conflict contexts, including the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia, the South Caucasus, and Myanmar.
The Great Rejuvenation? China’s Search for a New ‘Global Order’
Executive Summary This Asia Paper explores how China, a ‘partial’ global power, can set the agenda and determine the rules in a global order dominated by a declining yet unyielding […]
Japan and North Korea: Toward Engagement for Regional Security
The current situation on the Korean Peninsula has invited debate on Japan’s perennial issue of constitutional revision. While this is a high-profile issue, other measures are needed to reduce tensions. […]
Could Spain Go the Way of Yugoslavia?
In recent years, the European Union has been bogged down by one crisis after another—from Greece to the Euro to Brexit. But happily, none of these have endangered what has underpinned European integration since the late 1940s: securing lasting peace among European states. Europe has not been spared political violence, as residents of Northern Ireland and the Basque country can attest to. But to almost all Europeans, the notion of armed conflict within their midst is no longer even thinkable. While the Catalonia crisis is not destined to degenerate into large-scale violence, European and American leaders do not appear to take the potential for conflict seriously. They are mistaken.
THAAD on the Korean Peninsula
The issue of the deployment of THAAD in South Korea has stayed central both in South Korea’s domestic debates, as well as to the country's strategic position. This backgrounder, originally published by ISDP in November 2016, has been updated with recent developments on this topic.
Bad Solutions in a Complex Situation: China’s Relations with North Korea
China’s relations with North Korea are complex with a variety of bad choices and suboptimal solutions. It could be argued that the actor that has lost most in the recent tensions […]
Containing Crisis on the Korean Peninsula
North Korea’s recent missile and nuclear tests have inflamed tensions on the Korean Peninsula with serious implications for regional and international security. While punitive pressure will be brought to bear […]