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.
Toward Crisis Management in East Asia’s Seas
Maritime disputes in in the East and South China Seas escalated in 2013 and remain locked in a dangerous cycle of action and reaction with the attendant danger of a direct […]
Pakistan’s Nuclear Security: Separating Fact from Fear
For more than a decade fears have been voiced by the international community at the prospect of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists or other non-state actors. […]
Rape and Reform: India’s Changing Attitudes
It has been just over a year since the Delhi rape case in which a female student was raped and died from her injuries. In its wake, massive protests and […]
China and Vietnam: Managing Tensions in Troubled Waters
In spite of competing claims over the Spratly and Paracel Archipelagoes and maritime areas in the South China Sea, China and Vietnam have sought, with some degree of success, to […]
Carving up the Skies: China’s New Air Defense Zone
China’s establishment of a new Air Defense Identification Zone has heightened tensions in Northeast Asia, with Japan, South Korea, and the United States having been swift to react to Beijing’s […]
Hostage to History: Japan-South Korea Relations
With the two leaders of Japan and South Korea having failed to hold an official meeting between them since coming to office, historical issues remain a thorn in the the […]
Careful Stewardship: Managing Myanmar’s Bumpy Road Ahead
Myanmar’s transition process has proceeded apace with significant results already achieved. However, bumps are to be expected on the road ahead which may temporarily throw Myanmar off track. Thus there […]
A “Double Fault” in Swedish Aid?
Swedish development cooperation has moved away from an explicit focus on poverty reduction with its partner countries to other priorities, namely democracy and human rights, gender equality, and the environment. […]
New Juncture in EU-Turkey Relations?
With the issuing of the EU Commission’s Progress Report on Turkey, it would appear that there is fresh impetus for EU-Turkey relations to be placed on an improved footing after […]
Bombings in Myanmar: New Impetus for Community Engagement
A series of recent bombings in Myanmar reveal how complex business interests can derail the peace process and put into jeopardy the country’s democratic transition. Police reports attributed the bombings […]