The Institute for Security and Development Policy regularly issues a variety of publications ranging from shorter Policy Briefs to more comprehensive studies in its Asia and Silk Road Papers series. Explore the different series below.
Park’s “Trustpolitik” Challenge
Half-way into her presidential term, how has South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s “trustpolitik” fared in regard to assuaging tensions and dispelling mistrust vis-à-vis North Korea? Sangsoo Lee and Bernt Berger […]
The Rise of Diyanet: the Politicization of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs
Since 2010, the State Directorate for Religious Affairs has risen in prominence. Diyanet’s budget has quadrupled under the AKP, and the Directorate now issues fatwas on demand, as well as […]
Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement
The Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) seeks to achieve a negotiated settlement between the government of Myanmar and non-state ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that paves the way for peace-building and national […]
South Korea’s secret weapon against the North
On 25 August 2015, top-level negotiators from North and South Korea reached a six-point agreement in the aftermath of a period of high military tension. Now is a crucial time […]
Harnessing FDI and Enabling Myanmar’s Business Environment
As its economy opens, Myanmar needs to fully benefit from foreign investment to secure its economic growth. But while FDI inflows into Myanmar have burgeoned, a significant challenge remains to create an environment in […]
Taking it to the streets: Turkey’s rising social tensions
The recent spate of violent protests by Turkish ultranationalists – including attempted lynchings of ethnic Kurds – and the attacks by government supporters on the Hürriyet newspaper have reinforced already […]
Turkey’s Military Rulers
On July 28, Turkey’s president Erdogan broke off negotiations with Kurdish leaders and resumed hostilities against the Kurdish separatist movement. The article argues that this represents a defeat for the […]
The Islamization of Turkey: Erdoğan’s Education Reforms
The growing efforts at Islamization of Turkish society have largely gone unnoticed. For many years, Islamization was the dog that did not bark: in spite of dire predictions by secularists, […]
China’s New Silk Road: a Security Deficit?
China needs to partner up with the governments of Greater Central Asia to increase stability and security or the New Silk Road initiative will be difficult to implement, writes Niklas […]
The Turkish-Kurdish Energy Deal Could Pave Way for Iraq’s Breakup
Initially encountering serious challenges, the energy cooperation ıs about to bring profound changes in the region.