Project Coordinator and Editor
Alec Forss is editor and project coordinator at ISDP. He holds an M.A. from the Department for Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. He has a particular interest in intercommunal conflict and civil society peacebuilding, as well as environmental conflict and minority rights. He recently lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he conducted field research on challenges related to the peace process. He currently works for ISDP’s Korea Project. He has written for a variety of publications and outlets, including the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, Transitions Online, Asia Times, Insight on Conflict, Inter Press Service, and the New Security Beat of the Wilson Center.
Publications by Alec Forss
Northern Ireland 20 Years after the Peace Deal
This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the historic Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which signaled an end to the three decades of violence in Northern Ireland known as the […]
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 […]
After North Korea’s Nuclear Test: The Dilemma of Response
Sangsoo Lee and Alec Forss discuss the dilemmas faced by the international community following from North Korea’s recent nuclear test and satellite launch.
Can Myanmar Avoid Conflict Pitfalls in its Hydro Blitz?
Myanmar has the lowest rate of electrification in Southeast Asia. Addressing the population’s energy needs is essential for economic development and alleviating poverty. However, tapping into the country’s rich hydropower […]
Winning the Peace in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has made considerable progress in securing the peace after decades of violence. However, Alec Forss argues, much work remains to be done.
8th ISDP-AMS Joint Conference, “The Islamic State” and the Situation in the Middle East
This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from the 8th ISDP-AMS Joint Conference held in Beijing on May 28-30, 2015. This year’s topic was entitled “‘The Islamic State’ and the […]
7th ISDP-AMS Joint Conference, Military Operations Overseas in Peacetime
This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from the 7th ISDP-AMS Joint Conference held in Stockholm on December 10-11, 2014. The theme of the conference was Military Operations Overseas in […]
Green Light for Tajikistan’s Rogun Dam?
After decades of delay, a hydropower dam project in Tajikistan that will cost US$3-5 billion, involve the relocation of around 42,000 people and enrage downstream neighbors has been given an […]
Park seeds ‘peace’ in the DMZ
Park Geun-hye hopes to displace some of the misnomer of the Demilitarized Zone by turning part of the heavily mined buffer between the two Koreas into a “park for peace”. […]
Dispute Resolution and Cross-border Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Reflections on the Nordic Experience
This paper examines cases of dispute resolution and cross-border cooperation in two regions: the Nordic region and Northeast Asia. The two regions are markedly different. The Nordic region is often […]