Energy & Resources
Relations with greater and smaller powers in Eurasia are increasingly important to Europe and North America. Not only is a growing portion of the world’s population, economic production and energy resources in Eurasia, so is a large part of the world’s most economically dynamic, politically self-assured nations. Western powers, however, have often struggled to reconcile their divergent interests in relations with countries in Eurasia. On the one hand, relations have grown and developed in the areas of economic cooperation as well as security and countering crime and terrorism. On the other hand, there has been a strong normative aspect to western policy, as western powers have sought to support the spread of democracy and ensure respect for human rights, while fighting corruption abroad. A lack of coordination of these interests has often led to confusion, misunderstandings and occasional gridlock.
ISDP’s research aspires to enhance mutual understanding between states and societies in the West and in Eurasia. ISDP’s research on western policy toward countries in Eurasia intends to provide critical analysis, detailed evaluation and pragmatic recommendations to state, non-profit, and private sector actors.
Rehabilitating North Korea’s Forests: The Struggle to Balance Conservation with Livelihoods
Venerated in art and poetry, Korea’s verdant mountain forests hold a special place in Korean people’s hearts. Like their political systems and economies, however, forest fortunes in North and South […]
Economic Dreams and Geopolitical Realities: How will the India-China-Russian Dynamic Unfold in Greater Central Asia?
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Greater Central Asia (GCA) has undertaken various efforts to reshape the political and economic landscape of Asia. This has driven a process by […]
Water and Security in the Middle East – Opportunities and Challenges for Water Diplomacy
Routledge Handbook on Middle East Security provides the first comprehensive look at Middle East security issues that includes both traditional and emerging security threats. Our associated research fellow Martina Klimes, […]
The Ice Silk Road: Is China a “Near-Arctic-State”?
Ms. Maud Descamps explores the economic and political impact surrounding potential new trade routes that could open-up in the Arctic region given the rapid pace of melting polar ice-caps. Her […]
Sustainable Cybersecurity? Rethinking Approaches to Protecting Energy Infrastructure in the European High North
In this paper, the authors argue for rethinking the existing cybersecurity governance structures and propose an approach that connects cybersecurity and environmental governance. Rapidly increasing digitization has positively contributed to […]
Japan’s Opaque Energy Policy toward Russia: Is Abe Being Trumped by Putin?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with his self-proclaimed deep trust in President Vladimir Putin, has made striking a historic deal on improving Japan-Russia relations a priority. The Abe administration’s […]