Northeast Asia has emerged as one of the most important regions in the world economy, but at the same time, it is also perceived to be one of the greatest threats to international security. Northeast Asia is one of the most militarized regions in the world, and there exists a high level of intra-regional distrust. Furthermore, in the wake of the economic, social and environmental transformations of recent decades, non-traditional threats have also risen, necessitating more complex approaches to regional security. Therefore, governments in the region face the challenge of dealing with a variety of emerging crises, both military and civilian.
ISDP explores the possibly unique dynamics of the region’s conflicts, societies, and development process in order to increase knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing Northeast Asia as a region in dealing with emerging crises. Since its inception, ISDP has acted as a hub for discussion in a variety of situations involving conflicts and crises and has developed strengths in these countries, and has developed an extensive network in Europe and Asia in the policy, academic, military, government and business communities that will allow it to bring together the relevant stakeholders.
Missile Deployments on the Korean Peninsula: An Accelerating Arms Race
Introduction South Korea’s significant improvements in its conventional force capabilities are an important driver of North Korean efforts to accelerate its development of more advanced ballistic missile and nuclear weapons […]
The Problem of Whitsun Reef
Introduction More than a month has passed since a statement relating to the presence of Chinese fishing vessels at Whitsun Reef was released by the Philippine Coast Guard and the […]
The EU and PRC Exchange Sanctions
Abstract For the first time since the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing in 1989, the European Union has decided to impose significant restrictive measures on Chinese officials. The Chinese […]
Not a Sovereignty Issue: Understanding the Transition of Military Operational Control between the United States and South Korea
Abstract The transition of operational control (OPCON) is of significant importance for the future development of the alliance of the Republic of Korea and the United States (KORUS). However, it […]
Japan-UK: “Progressive” Ties and a Case for Britain in the CPTPP
Abstract The UK’s entry into the landmark CPTPP agreement, led by Japan, could be a breakthrough in advancing Britain’s global ambitions as an independent trading nation and encourage a stronger […]
North Korea’s Economy is Recentralised and China-reliant
Link to the original article on East Asia Forum’s website. In North Korea, many enjoy making money for themselves by selling products in private markets. Under Kim Jong-un, expanding these […]