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.
Why South Korea Needs THAAD Missile Defense
South Korea, Japan, and the U.S. need a more effective anti-ballistic missile system to counter North Korea’s increased nuclear and missile threats. Yet Seoul has so far wavered in agreeing […]
Breaking the Deadlock: Security Building on the Korean Peninsula
Economic aid has failed to induce North Korea to denuclearize. Instead, reducing tensions and addressing mutual security concerns is the only way to break the stalemate in denuclearization negotiations, argues […]
Human Rights in North Korea: Pressure and Engagement
Over a year since its report was published, what are the implications and limitations of the UN Commission of Inquiry’s investigation into human rights violations in North Korea, and what […]
China’s Myanmar Policy: Dilemma or Strategic Ambiguity?
Enmeshed directly and indirectly in Myanmar’s ethnic conflicts, Beijing is facing a dilemma in how to deal with ethnic Chinese irredentist groups amidst ongoing fighting in northern Shan State. Failure […]
Empowering Tamil Women: Recovery in Post-conflict Sri Lanka
More than five years after the Sri Lankan government’s victory over the LTTE insurgency, billions of dollars have been invested in infrastructure development projects in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka. However, […]
Vietnam’s Proactive Foreign Relations
In the post-Cold War era, Vietnam has been successful in expanding relations both regionally and globally. And whereas China remains a strategic challenge for Vietnam in the South China Sea, […]
The Limits of Russia’s “Pivot to Asia”
Forging closer economic and strategic ties with East Asia constitutes a rebalancing act in Moscow’s attempts to diversify its markets and counter its increased isolation in the wake of the […]
Mending Sino-Japanese Relations
The meeting between Xi Jinping and Abe Shinzô on the sidelines of the APEC Summit—the first between the two leaders—represents a tentative step forward for Sino-Japanese relations. In spite of […]
It’s Democracy, Stupid: Overcoming the Middle-Income Trap
Why do many middle-income countries fail to sustain sufficient economic growth to become high-income countries? This policy brief argues that a political process leading to democracy and better governance is […]
Turkey and China: An Emerging Partnership?
To what extent do deepening Sino-Turkish relations presage a new strategic partnership as Ankara looks for a more independent posture vis-à-vis Western powers? This policy brief assesses the significance of […]