The Asia Program is a core part of the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) together with the Silk Road Studies Program.
The Program conducts research designed to guide and inform about the current issues of various conflicts, complex security and development challenges in the Asian region focusing on Northeast, Southeast and South Asia. As such, it implements policy-oriented and practical research. The main objectives are not only to be a bridge between academia and policy but also to provide strategic insights and policy recommendations to decision-makers in governments, international institutions and the private sector through five main channels: Impartial research; publications and newsletters; workshops and conferences; teaching and training; and formal and informal discussions.
Its research activities cover such areas as conflict prevention and crisis management, economic development, regional cooperation, legal development, traditional and non-traditional security, social and cultural changes, domestic development and foreign policy in the region.
The Asia Program has a well-established and formalized cooperation with leading research and/or policy institutes in Asia. These collaborations do not only contribute to a more dynamic research environment but they also facilitate in distributing our research in the region.
It is led by Dr. Niklas Swanström (ISDP Director).
The Asia Program was established in July 2007. With the initiation of the ISDP, the Asia Program was created to cover geographic research areas focusing on Northeast, Southeast and South Asia as a key pillar of ISDP’s research.
The ambition of this program is to examine how Asia and its sub-regional blocs interrelate in the fields of security, conflict, and development and to highlight the strategic significance of the greater Asian region, the security interdependence that all states share, and how regional and bilateral cooperation are the only ways to promote a more peaceful continent.
Through its Asia Program, the ISDP publishes the Asia Paper Series as well as Books and Monographs. In addition to these publications, our researchers also produce a wide range of articles, policy briefs and reports.
The Asia Program regularly invites scholars and other distinguished experts to speak at our ISDP Forums. The forums usually take the form of a lecture or presentation with the intent to update the research and policy communities in Stockholm about current issues in Asia, with an emphasis on Northeast, Southeast and South Asia. The invited speakers come from a range of different organizations and include scholars, diplomats, policymakers and journalists. The ISDP Forums aim to encourage public discussion and the sharing of ideas and knowledge.
In addition to these forums, the Asia Program also arranges conferences, seminars and workshops to explore and discuss contemporary regional issues in a more intimate setting.
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. […]
Reforming South Korea’s “Imperial Presidency”
South Korea’s constitution vests too much power in the office of the president, which raises the risk of the post being misused. This was brought dramatically into focus earlier this […]
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 […]
Volvo Cars & Media Coverage: Questioning Chinese Stereotypes
This policy brief focuses on Geely’s acquisition of Volvo Cars in 2010 and the negative media attention derived from the buyout. This case deals with many issues relating to the […]
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 […]