Approaching & Counteracting Contemporary Organized Crime
Transnational organized crime is one of the greatest global threats to the security and development of open and democratic societies. It is imperative for states to develop counterstrategies against it. Prof. Dr. Gert Vermeulen, Director of the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy, Ghent University, recently presented an introduction to research on organized crime and recent findings, as well as shortcomings in terms of data collection, definition issues and reporting problems. This is a summary of his lecture at ISDP on the 16th of November 2011, by Christina Wenngren.
Yoon’s Plan to Ditch Strategic Ambiguity Will Test US-ROK Alliance, DPRK Policy
Introduction: While Yoon has questioned the Moon administration’s policy of strategic ambiguity with regard to the U.S.-China rivalry, the new South Korean President will likely find it difficult to abandon […]
Will China Stay Quiet on Ukraine?
Introduction: Russian president Vladimir Putin’s “unprovoked” and unconscionable invasion of Ukraine (the so-called “special military operation”) has underscored the deeply problematic aspects of international politics today. The war on Ukraine […]
How Pandemic Paranoia Is Driving North Korea’s Strategy
Introduction: North Korea has cut off what few ties to the outside world it maintained in the last two years due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Starting from late January […]
Europe’s Involvement in the Indo-Pacific Region: Determined on Paper, Timid in Reality
Introduction France adopted its Indo-Pacific strategy in 2018, Germany in 2020 and the EU in 2021. None of this comes a minute too soon as geo-political and geoeconomic competition in […]
The Changing Power-Relations in the Indo-Pacific: Decoding New Delhi’s Strategic Outlook
Abstract The growing importance of the maritime sphere for trade and connectivity has made the seas and oceans arenas of stiff competition and contestation. There is intense tussle between the […]
U.S.-North Korea Denuclearization Negotiations: An Irresolvable Issue?
Series on Peacebuilding on the Korean Peninsula This essay is part of an ongoing series by ISDP’s Korea Center to provide different perspectives on peacebuilding on the Korean Peninsula. In […]