Eurasia is home to 75 percent of the world’s population, accounts for 60 percent of its GNP, and 75 percent of its energy resources. It is also where five of six of the world’s biggest military spenders and all but one of the world’s nuclear powers are located. Population giants and aspiring regional hegemons China and India are in Eurasia, and so is a large part of the world’s most economically dynamic, politically self-assured nations. If such a remarkable set of figures is in itself capable to generate much political and geopolitical friction, add to that the speed and intensity of recent socio-economic changes affecting all countries in the region, and there exists a plethora of multifarious and delicate issues that—if not dealt with in an intelligent, well-informed manner—can threaten global stability.
Encompassing a vast geographical territory—stretching from Turkey and the Caucasus, through Central Asia, all the way to China—this research program focuses on major issues affecting the foreign policy of countries in the region, including economic and social development, traditional and non-traditional regional security, as well as governance and democracy. It also analyses the military, political, and economic relations between the states of the region and important geopolitical actors such as the United States, the European Union, and a number of nation-states in the Middle East and South Asia. ISDP’s research on foreign policies in Eurasia intends to provide critical analysis, detailed evaluation and pragmatic recommendations to state, non-profit, and private sector actors.
Between Scandals & Elections: Sino-Austrian Relations in the Era of Sharp Power
Introduction Li Zhanshu, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and the country’s top legislator, visited Austria in May 2019 during his tour through Europe. […]
The Philippines’ Reaction to Pompeo’s Interpretation of the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty
At the joint press conference with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin on 1 March 2019, the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, after attacking China by stating that “China’s island-building […]
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 […]
Managing Connectivity Conflict: EU-India Cooperation and China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Executive Summary Connectivity initiatives are the latest geopolitical tool for advancing influence in international relations and diplomacy. Against the backdrop of an emerging connectivity conflict, the responsibility is on likeminded […]
Ett nytt Centralasien växer fram
Under senare år har Centralasien inte orsakat mycket entusiasm i Sverige eller Europa. Regionen är mest känd som en hemvist för auktoritärt styre där korruptionen flödar, och den mediebevakning som förekommit […]
Understanding North Korea’s Internal Strategy
In light of the recent, positive developments on the Korean Peninsula (chief among them the apparent 180-degree turnaround by Chairman Kim Jong Un on the issue of denuclearization) it is […]