Dr. Niklas Swanström is Director of the Institute for Security and Development Policy, and one of its co-founders. He is a Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. His main areas of expertise are conflict prevention, conflict management and regional cooperation; Chinese foreign policy and security in Northeast Asia; narcotics trafficking and its effect on regional and national security as well as negotiations. His focus is mainly on Northeast Asia, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.
Dr. Swanström has authored, co-authored or edited a number of books, including: Eurasia's ascent in Energy and geopolitics, Sino-Japanese Relations: The need for Conflict Prevention and Management, Transnationell brottslighet: ett säkerhetshot? (Trans-national Crime: A security Threat?), Regional Cooperation and Conflict Management: Lessons from the Pacific Rim and Foreign Devils, Dictatorship or Institutional Control: China 's foreign policy towards Southeast Asia. His articles have appeared in the Asian Survey, Global Crime, Korean Journal of International Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, CEF Quarterly, Peace Review, Central Asian Survey etc.
Dr. Swanström holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University. His dissertation dealt with regional cooperation and conflict management in the Pacific Rim. He also holds a Licentiate degree from the Department of Peace and Conflict research that examined the Chinese foreign policy towards Southeast Asia. He holds MA degrees from Uppsala University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has also been a student at Beijing Languages Institute, Beijing University and Dalian Languages University.
Ongoing Book Projects
East Asia Security Cooperation: Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk? with World Scientific
Sino –Russian Relations at the Start of the New Millennium in Central Asia and Beyond
ARTICLE, Journal of Contemporary China, January 22, 2014
Book Review: Emilian Kavalski, Central Asia and the Rise of Normative Powers: Contextualizing the Security Governance of the European Union, China, and India
JOURNAL ARTICLE, The China Quarterly, Volume 216, December 13, 2013
Central Asia and Russian Relations: Breaking Out of the Russian Orbit?
ARTICLE, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Volume 19, No. 1, December 2012
Regional Security Structures in NEA: What we have and what we need
BOOK CHAPTER, in Evolution of International Strategic Configuration and Asia-Pacific Security, November 2012, pp. 390-400
Latest Articles & Commentaries
Careful Stewardship: Managing Myanmar's Bumpy Road Ahead
POLICY BRIEF, No. 138, November 28, 2013
Dangers in North Korean dual-track strategy
ARTICLE, Asia Times Online, September 27, 2013
New Dawn or False Hope for the Korean Peninsula?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 131, September 17, 2013
China and North Korea: A Relationship in Transition?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 124, May 22, 2013
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