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.
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 […]
China’s Stakes in the Ukraine Crisis
The crisis in the Ukraine and Russia’s intervention in the Crimea throws an important spotlight on China’s position and stakes regarding the issue. While it has refrained from openly critcizing […]
Missiles and Reunions: Thaw or Freeze on the Korean Peninsula?
Family reunions between North and South Korea may be an encouraging sign of a thaw in tensions on the Korean Peninsula, which could lead to further trust-building activities and economic cooperation. […]
Desecuritizing the Kurdish Question and Emerging Regional Dynamics
Desecuritizing the Kurdish question has become a priority for Turkey’s AKP government as it seeks to enter into a domestic “solution process” with the PKK. However, emerging dynamics in Iraq […]