ISDP’s Policy Briefs seek to provide concise, focused, and argument-driven analysis on a specific issue. In so doing, they aim to be solution-focused regarding the problems and challenges identified.
After the Deal: The EU and Iran’s Energy Promise
The EU has played an instrumental role in negotiating the interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. Ozan Serdaroglu argues that while the prospective lifting of sanctions under a final deal […]
Politicking and the Philippine Peace Process
Three months after a deadly clash in Mamasapano, the Philippine peace process is in danger. The hard-won gains of negotiations over the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)—the implementing piece of […]
Why South Korea Needs THAAD Missile Defense
South Korea, Japan, and the U.S. need a more effective anti-ballistic missile system to counter North Korea’s increased nuclear and missile threats. Yet Seoul has so far wavered in agreeing […]
Breaking the Deadlock: Security Building on the Korean Peninsula
Economic aid has failed to induce North Korea to denuclearize. Instead, reducing tensions and addressing mutual security concerns is the only way to break the stalemate in denuclearization negotiations, argues […]
Remorse and Reform: Abe’s Stormy Spring
From apologizing for Japan’s wartime past to collective defense and FTA negotiations with the United States, Japan faces a number of contentious issues in the coming months that call into […]
Human Rights in North Korea: Pressure and Engagement
Over a year since its report was published, what are the implications and limitations of the UN Commission of Inquiry’s investigation into human rights violations in North Korea, and what […]
China’s Myanmar Policy: Dilemma or Strategic Ambiguity?
Enmeshed directly and indirectly in Myanmar’s ethnic conflicts, Beijing is facing a dilemma in how to deal with ethnic Chinese irredentist groups amidst ongoing fighting in northern Shan State. Failure […]
Tackling Europe’s “Spice” Problem
The increased prevalence of the drug “Spice” is a concern for European policymakers. The authors put forward the case that stronger EU cooperation on the issue, more funding for research […]
Empowering Tamil Women: Recovery in Post-conflict Sri Lanka
More than five years after the Sri Lankan government’s victory over the LTTE insurgency, billions of dollars have been invested in infrastructure development projects in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka. However, […]
People’s or Party’s Army in Vietnam?
While the Vietnam Communist Party’s grip over the army remains strong, Zachary Abuza examines the growing calls challenging the Vietnam People’s Army’s duty to defend the ruling party over national […]