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.
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 […]
China-Vietnam Drilling Rig Incident: Reflections and Implications
After a period of stability between China and Vietnam in the South China Sea with positive developments in terms of dispute management, China’s dispatch of a drilling rig to areas […]
North Korea’s Diversifying Diplomatic Ties
While a fourth nuclear test would appear to have been delayed, North Korea is currently seeking to break out of its economic and political isolation by diversifying its diplomatic ties […]
Tensions in Cyberspace: Toward a Code of Conduct
The row between the United States and China, caused by the indictment of five Chinese military officers on account of cyberespionage against private companies in the U.S., illustrates the importance […]
West Africa’s New Drug of Choice: The Rise of Methamphetamine
West Africa is rapidly evolving from a cocaine transit corridor from Latin America to Europe into an independent methamphetamine production and distribution center. This policy brief by ISDP’s Transnational Threats […]