Distinguished Military Fellow
Major General (ret.) Mats Engman, is a Distinguished Military Fellow at ISDP. His expertise lies in security policy, military strategy and crisis management, and his work has a particular focus on developments in East Asia, and the Korean Peninsula.
Maj Gen Engman has more than forty years of active military service. His most recent assignment was as Head of the Swedish Delegation to the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, in South Korea between 2015-2017. He was commissioned in the Swedish Air Force in 1976 and has predominantly served in joint and international positions. Among those are; two times as a UN military observer in the Middle East, three years as the Defense attaché to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, Instructor in strategy at the National Defense College, Deputy Director of the Military and Security Directorate and Head of the International Department at the Joint Staff.
Maj Gen Engman is a graduate from the Swedish Command and Staff College, as well as the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He has also attended the US International Intelligence Fellows program at Bolling AFB, the US Senior International Defense Management Course in Monterey and the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders Course in Amman, Jordan.
Amongst his many accolades, he has been awarded the US Legion of Merit and the Republic of Korea’s Order of National Security Merit Cheonsu Medal.
Publications by Mats Engman
Cross-Strait Relations: A Conflict in Slow Motion?
Abstract Xi Jinping’s much-anticipated centennial speech left little doubt that it remains “an unshakeable commitment” for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to resolve the Taiwan issue. With the global pandemic […]
The Question of Guam: A Pivotal Island’s Changing Realities
Abstract For decades, Guam has played an important role in U.S. military strategy. The two main military bases in the island, Anderson Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam, have […]
Towards a New Conflict Management System on the Korean Peninsula: A Military Perspective
In this essay, Major General (ret.) Mats Engman assesses the lack of a viable conflict management system on the Korean Peninsula. While the nearly seven decades-old Armistice Agreement and focus […]
In the Wake of Covid-19: Troubled Waters Ahead for the European Union
Introduction The European response to the Covid-19 outbreak has been described as disjointed and insufficient. Blame has been placed upon the EU and its false portrayal of European solidarity in […]
The Inter-Korean Military Agreement: Risk of War Diminished?
As of November 01, 2018, many of the provisions in the Inter-Korean military agreement, came into force. This policy brief explains what the agreement means and how it will practically […]
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 […]
U.S.-ROK Military Exercises: Provocation or Possibility?
Summary Joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea have been a longstanding component of the two countries’ defense alliance. Though they are important for maintaining a deterrence, among […]