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.
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 […]
Vietnam’s Proactive Foreign Relations
In the post-Cold War era, Vietnam has been successful in expanding relations both regionally and globally. And whereas China remains a strategic challenge for Vietnam in the South China Sea, […]
The Limits of Russia’s “Pivot to Asia”
Forging closer economic and strategic ties with East Asia constitutes a rebalancing act in Moscow’s attempts to diversify its markets and counter its increased isolation in the wake of the […]
Mending Sino-Japanese Relations
The meeting between Xi Jinping and Abe Shinzô on the sidelines of the APEC Summit—the first between the two leaders—represents a tentative step forward for Sino-Japanese relations. In spite of […]