Project Coordinator and Editor
Alec Forss is a project coordinator and editor with ISDP’s Korea Center. He holds an M.A. from the Department for Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. Focused on peace and security issues on the Korean Peninsula, he also has a particular interest in intercommunal conflict, environmental security, sustainability, and minority rights. He recently lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he conducted field research on civil society peacebuilding. He has written for a variety of publications and outlets, including the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, Transitions Online, Cultural Survival, Asia Times, Insight on Conflict, Inter Press Service, and the New Security Beat of the Wilson Center.
Publications by Alec Forss
Rehabilitating North Korea’s Forests: The Struggle to Balance Conservation with Livelihoods
Venerated in art and poetry, Korea’s verdant mountain forests hold a special place in Korean people’s hearts. Like their political systems and economies, however, forest fortunes in North and South […]
The art of compromise: picking up the pieces after Hanoi
The no-deal outcome between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-un at the Hanoi summit in February was regarded by most as a failure. This is accurate […]
A Reset for U.S.-DPRK Relations: The Path Ahead
A hugely anticipated meeting of longtime adversaries, the June 12 Summit in Singapore between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un combined momentous gravity with theatrical spectacle. Resulting in a […]
The Washington-Seoul Alliance in the Time of North Korea’s Denuclearization
Following a dangerous escalation of tensions last year, few could have envisaged the rapid turnaround in events witnessed so far amidst a flurry of high-level summit diplomacy. Although the complete denuclearization […]
Northern Ireland 20 Years after the Peace Deal
This week marks the twentieth anniversary of the historic Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which signaled an end to the three decades of violence in Northern Ireland known as the […]
Containing Crisis on the Korean Peninsula
North Korea’s recent missile and nuclear tests have inflamed tensions on the Korean Peninsula with serious implications for regional and international security. While punitive pressure will be brought to bear […]
After North Korea’s Nuclear Test: The Dilemma of Response
Sangsoo Lee and Alec Forss discuss the dilemmas faced by the international community following from North Korea’s recent nuclear test and satellite launch.
Can Myanmar Avoid Conflict Pitfalls in its Hydro Blitz?
Myanmar has the lowest rate of electrification in Southeast Asia. Addressing the population’s energy needs is essential for economic development and alleviating poverty. However, tapping into the country’s rich hydropower […]
Winning the Peace in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has made considerable progress in securing the peace after decades of violence. However, Alec Forss argues, much work remains to be done.
8th ISDP-AMS Joint Conference, “The Islamic State” and the Situation in the Middle East
This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from the 8th ISDP-AMS Joint Conference held in Beijing on May 28-30, 2015. This year’s topic was entitled “‘The Islamic State’ and the […]