The Institute for Security and Development Policy regularly issues a variety of publications ranging from shorter Policy Briefs to more comprehensive studies in its Asia and Silk Road Papers series. Explore the different series below.
China and Myanmar: When neighbours become good friends
China wants to keep its good relationship with Myanmar. But, because the major powers are also taking interest, China must work to make a strong relationship even stronger.
China and Vietnam Require More Meaningful Efforts to Manage Disputes
The 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Vietnam will be celebrated in 2015. While it provides a special opportunity for the two countries to deepen […]
Thailand is stuck in a US-China tug of war
As many analysts have cautioned, Thailand has swung closer to China’s orbit since the junta took control in May 2014. This wasn’t Nostradamus-level foresight. The US was always going to […]
Dueling Mosques and an American Beacon in Afghanistan
The Saudis and Iranians are building outposts in Kabul. Meanwhile, a U.S. university there needs bolstering.
Why institutions, not elections, should be Myanmar’s yardstick in 2015
This year is being marked as Myanmar’s litmus test. The country, and much of the world, will watch the November elections with anticipation. Yet more important for Myanmar than the […]
Asia Reacts to China’s South China Sea Airstrip
In what was the first ever port call between the countries, two Vietnamese frigates visited the Philippines on Tuesday. An unnamed Filipino naval officer said the two countries would hold […]
Peace plan – Political hurdles in the Mindanao peace process
The insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front faces political and economic challenges in implementing a peace plan for a new, autonomous political entity in Mindanao called Bangsamoro. Martina Klimesova examines why […]
Religion in Southeast Asia: Diversity and the threat of extremes
Until recently, parents in Thailand would leave their children in Buddhist temples while they worked the fields and factories. Buddhist monks would act as caretakers and teachers. Religious education was […]
Al Qaeda’s new Indian subcontinent branch: What it means for Myanmar
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri’s statement on Wednesday that he wants to expand operations to Myanmar and the Indian subcontinent will likely result in a new wave of violence. But […]
Indonesia Coalbed Methane: Bountiful Promise Held Up By Institutional Paralysis
The publication of a report in 2003 which claimed that Indonesia has some of the best undeveloped Coalbed Methane (CBM) potential in the world brought an initial wave of excitement and […]