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.
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 […]
Kazakhstan’s “Pivot to China”?
Kazakh President Nazarbayev’s visit to China on May 19-20 has taken place at a time of rising challenges for Kazakhstan. Nazarbayev’s attempt to “pivot to China” can bring benefits in […]
Reed Bank: Next Flashpoint for China and the Philippines in the South China Sea?
The Philippines is seeking to develop the seabed hydrocarbon resources of Reed Bank in the South China Sea, an area under dispute with China. Should Manila put plan to action, […]
Rethinking National Security: China’s New Security Commission
The newly established Central National Security Commission (CNSC) of China held its first meeting on April 15. The inaugural meeting of this body marks a significant milestone in the reorganization […]
Rebalancing Act: China’s Fiscal Reform Challenge
This policy brief examines China’s inter-connected economic challenges of structural and fiscal reform, arguing that promotion of domestic consumption away from fixed-asset investment could further exacerbate the fiscal mismatch between […]
The South China Sea: Challenge for ASEAN
ASEAN plays a proactive role in regard to dispute management in the South China Sea. In spite of this, it is argued here that the Association must overcome problems of […]
Tallying the Hidden Environmental Costs of Drug Production
Drug production is a significant factor in widespread environmental degradation, yet a lack of reliable data makes it difficult to pinpoint the extent of this damage. Future research should be […]
Japan and Illicit Drugs: A Neglected Success Story
While having witnessed three so-called epidemics in its postwar history, the prevalence of drug abuse in Japan is in fact remarkably low compared to most other countries and constitutes a […]