Korean Peninsula

As one of the world’s most critical hotspots, upholding peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula is of significant concern to the international community. Including North and South Korea, the peninsula is also a geopolitical focal point of competition and cooperation involving the United States, China, Russia, and Japan. Despite a long history of negotiations and unsuccessful agreements, military tensions and North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs contribute to undermining regional and global security.

The complexities of the security situation have defied sustainable resolution for decades. A lack of trust and confidence between the sides is also exacerbated by differing positions on how to reconcile competing demands and ultimately achieve resolution of the main issues.

The main goal of ISDP’s Korea Project is to provide a platform for dialogue between the key actors. With the premise that engagement and communication is an imperative part of building mutual trust and understanding between countries, ISDP seeks to foster constructive dialogue and proposals on how to break the current deadlock.

A secondary focus of the Korea Project lies on South Korea. One of Asia’s most dynamic democracies and economies, its domestic developments are nevertheless often overshadowed by the nuclear crisis. As such, the project seeks to accord greater attention to the country’s other pressing issues, ranging from political legitimacy and economic democratization to an ageing population, social welfare, and the environment. South Korea’s regional role and relations are also in focus.

To achieve its goals, ISDP’s Korea Project publishes regular analysis and opinion, hosts guest researchers from the Koreas, as well as holds seminars and forums. In so doing, it seeks to be a bridge between academic and policy communities in Europe and Northeast Asia.

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