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.
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 […]
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 […]
”Nordkoreas mål – att bli en erkänd kärnvapenstat”
”Det är sannolikt att Nordkorea kommer att fortsätta testerna i närtid, möjligen redan senare i veckan. Den stora frågan blir då hur USA och Japan skulle välja att agera framgent”, […]