ISDP has a growing interest in Southeast Asia regarding development and security related issues as well as policy and research. The region houses a highly complex political environment, is a home to high rates of economic development, significant inequality and critical security challenges. Located geographically at the intersection of many strategic routes, what happens in the region directly affects political and economic relations globally. In-depth research and understanding are required to identify the best policy approaches to these potential opportunities and challenges.
Since 2007, ISDP has deepened its ties with think tanks and research agencies across Southeast Asia. Through this network, ISDP seeks to enhance understanding of issues affecting Southeast Asia in Europe and Asia alike, through joint research and cooperation. Key to ISDP’s work on Southeast Asia is the Stockholm Center for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs. The work of ISDP in the region is focused on supporting peace and stability, and the study of non-traditional security challenges, such as environmental issues and transnational threats.
Three Decades of India’s Eastward Engagement: China’s Perceptions and Responses
Abstract: This issue brief looks into China’s perceptions and responses to India’s Act East Policy. It argues that China sees India’s Act East Policy in three phases – the first […]
Quad 4.0? To Securitize or Not to Securitize
From an ad-hoc body that emerged to coordinate a response to a devastating tsunami in 2004, the Quad has grown into a critical and formalized framework with a practical agenda. […]
Russian Foreign Policy under Putin: What Does it Mean for India?
Abstract: The special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia has been under renewed scrutiny since the latter launched an invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. New Delhi has […]
India’s Act East Policy: Finding Opportunities in Post-Pandemic Adversities
Abstract: India’s Act East Policy has fallen short of its promised potential due to factors like China’s increasing influence in the region, rising tensions between India and China, and India’s […]
China in Sri Lanka and Solomon Islands: Role of Littorals in the Geopolitical Competition
Abstract: This issue brief discusses the growing Chinese sphere of influence in Sri Lanka and Solomon Islands, its impact on the region and on the regional powers, India and Australia. […]
Seoul’s Changing Indo-Pacific Manifesto and India: Policy Prescriptions for India-ROK Ties
Abstract: China’s stupendous rise and the subsequent rivalry with the US for global hegemony have forced countries to choose sides; caught between a rock and a hard place, middle powers […]