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.
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 […]
Creative Diplomacy and North Korea
This policy brief looks at how North Korea has figured as an issue on the sidelines of the recent APEC Summit in Beijing in the context of developments such as […]
It’s Democracy, Stupid: Overcoming the Middle-Income Trap
Why do many middle-income countries fail to sustain sufficient economic growth to become high-income countries? This policy brief argues that a political process leading to democracy and better governance is […]
Turkey and China: An Emerging Partnership?
To what extent do deepening Sino-Turkish relations presage a new strategic partnership as Ankara looks for a more independent posture vis-à-vis Western powers? This policy brief assesses the significance of […]
Towards a “Reset” in U.S.-North Korea Relations?
More than two years on since the last official talks between the two countries, recent indicators from Pyongyang and Washington could prove auspicious for a “reset” in U.S.-North Korea relations. […]
Mitigating Militancy in Northwest Pakistan
Nearly three months on from the launch of Operation Zarb e Azb by Pakistan’s armed forces, this policy brief explores the problem of militancy in North Waziristan in northwest Pakistan. […]
Eurasian Union versus Silk Road Economic Belt?
While Russia and China are heralding a new “strategic partnership,” this policy brief explores how competition between the two countries may increasingly emerge in regard to Central Asia—a region where […]