The Institute for Security & Development Policy (ISDP) has a growing interest in Southeast Asia in regards to development and security related issues, policy and research. The region entails a highly complex political environment, home to high rates of economic development, significant inequality and critical security challenges, amongst others. Located at the intersection of strategic geographies, what happens in the region directly affects global political and economic processes. In-depth research and understanding are required to identify the best policy approaches to these opportunities and challenges.
Since 2007, ISDP has deepened its ties with think tanks and research agencies across Southeast Asia. Through this network, ISDP seeks to enhance understanding of issues affecting Southeast Asia in Europe and Asia alike, through joint research and cooperation. Integral to ISDP’s work in relation to Southeast Asia is a focus on supporting peace and stability, and examination of non-traditional security challenges, including environmental issues and transboundary threats. ISDP seeks to contribute to collaborative, locally-owned solutions by working with local partners and institutions.
Mental illness: Myanmar’s hidden epidemic
Myanmar urgently needs to improve mental health care and achieving that objective will require a change of attitude by policy makers and the wider community. A report released last year […]
A Return to War: Militarized Conflicts in Northern Shan State
Introduction Myanmar’s internal armed conflict erupted in 1948 just after it gained independence from Britain. The principle armed actors in Myanmar’s civil wars have involved the Myanmar Defense Services, or […]
The State of Swedish East Asia Research
On May 11, 2017, researchers from all over Sweden focusing on East Asia gathered in Stockholm. The conference, organized by the Institute for Security & Development Policy and the European […]
Out of the “Slipstream” of Power? Australian Grand Strategy and the South China Sea Disputes
The following Asia Paper examines the continuing debate in Canberra as to how to address changing regional dynamics in Australian foreign policy. It argues that the South China Sea (SCS) […]
Redefining Russia’s Pivot and China’s Peripheral Diplomacy
On January 17 and 18, 2017, Dr. Niklas Swanström participated in a workshop held by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, on Russia and China and their impact on Asia […]
Creatively Managing China-Vietnam Relations in the South China Sea
Bilateral relations between China and Vietnam over the South China Sea dispute have improved in the last couple of years as evidenced by the January summit between the two leaders. […]