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.
British Naval Activities in the South China Sea: a Double-Edged sword?
Since early 2019 the UK’s Royal Navy has increased its joint military exercises with the US Navy in the South China Sea. In mid-January the Royal Navy frigate Argyll and […]
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 […]
Mahathir: Uighurs “have done nothing wrong”
Horror stories have trickled out of China’s Xinjiang province for years. Now research points to a flood of human suffering and disturbing human rights abuses. Yet with threats of China’s economic retribution, […]
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) […]