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Between Evolution and Devolution: The Transformation of Japanese Politics PDF Print Email
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Japan's domestic political system is a child of the early Cold War period. In the wake of its defeat in the Second World War, the East-West political and ideological confrontation was internalized into Japan's post-war political system that took shape during the Occupation years (1945-52). The end of the Cold War was bound to have an impact on Japanese domestic politics, and since the 1990s the parameters of its political system are changing.

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Conflict and Crisis Management in East Asia PDF Print Email
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East 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. East Asia is the most militarized region 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.

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ISDP-IDP Joint Project on Crisis Management PDF Print Email
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Owing to both its own tradition of isolationism and to the international sanctions regime, the DPRK has had very limited contact with the policy community in the wider world. Our project seeks to push co-operation with the DPRK and necessary activities to allow North Korea to engage, in more a productive manner, with international actors. This will encourage our effort on the side of developing policy. In an effort to engage the country, ISDP has initiated a co-operative project on crisis management with the Institute for Disarmament and Peace (IDP), a think-tank under the DPRK Ministry of Foreign affairs that rotates its staff with the diplomatic service. The first step in this project was the visit of a high-level delegation from IDP to Stockholm in May 2012 for the purposes of joint research and in-depth discussion of crisis management.

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Swedish-North Korean Dialogue PDF Print Email
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ISDP has since 2005 arranged yearly dialogs together with the Institute for Disarmament and Peace (IDP) to increase the understanding of European policy in DPRK and DPRK policy in Europe. The focus has been on confidence building and regional security issues but also broader issues that are of importance for the parties involved. Moreover, ISDP and IDP have increased its bilateral contacts within both academic and policy research. This has resulted in increased exchanges of staff and research. In 2012 the project will focus on not only regional security but also the issues of economic, environment and EU-DPRK relations with conducting joint research, publications and seminar between ISDP and IDP.

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Confidence Building and Unification on the Korean Peninsula PDF Print Email
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The Korean Peninsula remains one of the main concerns of the international community and poses a potential threat to regional security with problems relating to North Korea's nuclear issue. Moreover, the situation in the relations between North and South has worsened considerably during the recent years, basically, due to the lack of trust and confidence, as well as the contrasting ideas on the ways of reaching a solution on the nuclear issue. The relations between North and South Korea have always been characterized by official declarations about a mutual wish to achieve reunification of the two parts of Korea. However, the almost half a century of the division of the Korean Peninsula cannot be overcome only by burning national sentiment. Unification of the divided nation remains the dream of all Koreans. It may have been expected that some readjustment would be necessary.

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Energy and Security in Asia PDF Print Email
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Energy-hungry Asian economies are highly dependent on imported oil and gas to fuel economic growth. However, the environmental challenges related to climate change and human security, as well as rising energy costs concerns, have affected how Asian governments regard the use of conventional hydrocarbon energy resources. Meanwhile, Russia and the Central Asian states have a significant proportion of the world's primary energy resources and are looking for ways to increase such exports to expand and diversify into new markets in Asia and Europe. This project analyzes the foreign and security implications resulting from the energy strategies of the various import and export governments. It also examines, within the theoretical and policy contexts, the extent to which this ever-growing regional concern could create opportunities for greater bilateral and multilateral cooperation and common benefit. Such developments could create permanent relations of mutual engagement and cooperative interdependence, and help mitigate the potential of conflict in this region.

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Myanmar PDF Print Email
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Myanmar is an area of interest in international relations to both academic and policy circles. Recent developments in the country and the positive reactions by the international community allow for cautious optimism. Of many questions begging for answers at the moment, the most important concern is the role of the military in the political transition, competition for power among alternative political forces inside the country, the extent of participation in the political process by the country's population at large and the recent ceasefire agreements between the government and the various ethnic insurgent groups. Recognizing these questions and realising that a lack of understanding has, in the past, hindered policymaking toward Myanmar, ISDP is intensifying its efforts in research and engagement with various stakeholders to assist the on-going policy review process and whatever is to follow. ISDP is also focusing on development issues in Myanmar, with a focus on economic engagement and fiscal policy.

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The Transformation of Japan’s Foreign Policy PDF Print Email
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In the mid-19th century, Japan reappeared on the international stage after a two-century long seclusion during the Tokugawa period. Due to its victory in the Russo-Japanese War (1905), Japan was recognized as a great power, and has been an important international actor ever since. The only exception is a brief period following its defeat in the Second World War, which ended its status as a great power in military terms. Already at the end of the 1960s, it had regained its status as a great power economically, but not militarily, as it had been in the pre-war era.

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