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.
Breaking Deadlock on the Korean Peninsula? Four Perspectives
Summary Can the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula be resolved and how? What are the strategic interests of the parties and their differences? What steps are needed to prevent […]
Nordkorea – strategisk hotspot
Kina är delvs bundet av sitt vänskapsavtal med Nordkorea. Den kinesiska regeringen har dock gjort klart att man inte intervenerar om Nordkorea provocerar fram en konflikt, och det är tveksamt att man militärt skulle stödja landet utan en direkt amerikansk invasion av Nordkorea som hotar kinesiska intressen, skriver Niklas Swanström.
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 […]