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.
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 […]
Illusion’s End: Erdoğan and Turkey’s Coming Economic Chill
The rapid depreciation in the value of the Turkish Lira since the beginning of 2018 is the product not only of the collapse of any remaining vestiges of investor confidence […]
Green Tech: Beyond the 19th EU-China Summit
This policy brief expands on the significant potential for better EU-China collaboration on green technology that was emphasised during the 18th EU-China Summit. Both the Horizon 2020 Framework and EU-China Research […]
A Balancing Act: the 16+1 Cooperation Framework
Since 2012, the 16+1 Cooperation Framework (hereby 16+1) has been the focal point of relations between China and Central Eastern Europe (CEE). However, this initiative is marked by various asymmetries […]
Iran’s Azerbaijan Question in Evolution: Identity, Society, and Regional Security
Executive Summary Iranian Azerbaijanis have historically been considered the country’s most loyal ethno-linguistic minority. Predominantly Shiite, with religion being the most important source of collective identity, Turkophone Azerbaijanis had until […]
Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC): An India-Japan Arch in the Making?
Summary This paper examines the prospects of the ambitious Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) – a collaborative vision between India and Japan to promote development, connectivity, and cooperation between Africa and […]