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Dr. Niklas Swanström

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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, and Non-resident Professor at Sichuan University. 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

Curriculum Vitae


Latest Publications

Niklas Swanström
Central Asia and China’s security policy
BOOK CHAPTER, in Routledge Handbook of Chinese Security, Chapter 15, June 2015, pp. 229-240
Niklas Swanström
China and Greater Central Asia
BOOK CHAPTER, in Handbook on China and Developing Countries, Chapter 18, June 2015, pp. 427-444 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
Om Institutet för Säkerhets- & Utvecklingspolitik - Kontaktskapande som Policyverktyg i Östasien
ARTICLE, Orientaliska Studier, No. 142, May 2015, pp. 69-77
Niklas Swanström
The Way Towards Korean Unification
BOOK CHAPTER, Chapter A View from a NGO: inter-Korean Relations and the Challenge of Reunification 2015, pp. 21-26

Latest Articles & Commentaries

Niklas Swanström
China's New Silk Road, a Security Deficit?
COMMENTARY, Dragon News, No. 03, September 2015, pp. 06-07 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
Tensions in Cyberspace: Toward a Code of Conduct
POLICY BRIEF, No. 156, June 19, 2014 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
China's Stakes in the Ukraine Crisis
POLICY BRIEF, No. 147, March 12, 2014 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
Careful Stewardship: Managing Myanmar's Bumpy Road Ahead
POLICY BRIEF, No. 138, November 28, 2013 Webpage Link


Full list of publications




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• Northeast Asian security
• Regionalism and regional cooperation
• Chinese politics and foreign policy
• Transnational crime and narcotics in Eurasia
• Security politics in Central Asia
• Oil and gas politics in Asia
• Domestic politics in North Korea, China and Myanmar


  • Non-resident Professor at Sichuan University
  • Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Member of the Advisory Board

East Asia

Korea DMZ Council


Asia Papers

Park Chang-kwoun
Rethinking North Korea's Denuclearization: Approaches and Strategies
ASIA PAPER, June 04, 2015, pp. 61 Webpage Link
Wu Xin
The PLA’s Evolving Global Role and New Security Initiatives
ASIA PAPER, March 25, 2015, pp. 27 Webpage Link
Wang Shumei
The PLA and Student Recruits: Reforming China's Conscription System
ASIA PAPER, January 26, 2015, pp. 21 Webpage Link
Dai Yonghong, Liu Hongchao
Rivalry and Cooperation: A New "Great Game" in Myanmar
ASIA PAPER, December 12, 2014, pp. 34 Webpage Link

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