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
Central Asia and China’s security policy
BOOK CHAPTER, in Routledge Handbook of Chinese Security, Chapter 15, June 2015, pp. 229-240
China and Greater Central Asia
BOOK CHAPTER, in Handbook on China and Developing Countries, Chapter 18, June 2015, pp. 427-444
Om Institutet för Säkerhets- & Utvecklingspolitik - Kontaktskapande som Policyverktyg i Östasien
ARTICLE, Orientaliska Studier, No. 142, May 2015, pp. 69-77
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
Tensions in Cyberspace: Toward a Code of Conduct
POLICY BRIEF, No. 156, June 19, 2014
China's Stakes in the Ukraine Crisis
POLICY BRIEF, No. 147, March 12, 2014
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
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