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
Sino-Japanese Relations: Rival or Partner for Regional Cooperation wíth World Scientific spring 2012
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
Niklas Swanström, Ryosei Kokubun (ed.)
Sino-Japanese Relations: Rivals or Partners in Regional Cooperation?
BOOK, August 28, 2012, pp. 250
Robert Bedeski and Niklas Swanström (ed.)
Eurasia’s Ascent in Energy and Geopolitics: Rivalry or Partnership for China, Russia, and Central Asia?
BOOK, June 2012, pp. 248
Latest Articles & Commentaries
Chinese Opinion Jars with Policy on Korea
COMMENTARY, Asia Times, May 17, 2013
”Minsta lilla misstag kan ge en eskalering”
COMMENTARY, SVT Nyheter, March 30, 2013
The Korean Peninsula in Flames?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 119, March 27, 2013
Invisible Ink: Looking for the Lost Trade between China, Russia, and Central Asia
POLICY BRIEF, No. 117, March 13, 2013
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