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China Initiative

ISDP has an extremely active China program, which is based around partnerships with official Chinese research institutes.  ISDP's key research partners in China are:

  • The PLA Academy of Military Science (军事科学研究院), China's premier military higher educational institute and think tank, in the Fragrant Hills region of Beijing
  • The China Institutes for Contemporary International Relations (中国现代国际关系研究院), a government-sponsored international relations think tank
  • China Foreign Affairs University (外交学院), which educates the rising generation of Chinese diplomats and is a major research center for the study of international relations

ISDP runs a guest researcher program to host scholars from these institutes in Stockholm for periods of up to three months. During their time in Sweden, the guest researchers complete a research paper for publication in the ISDP Asia Papers series and make a public presentation at the ISDP Asia Forum series of talks, which are open to the public. Guest researchers also interact with the larger research and policy community in Sweden.

ISDP receives a number of high-level delegations from China in Stockholm each year. Noteworthy visitors from the PLA have included Lieutenant General Liu Yuan 刘源 (the then Political Commissar of AMS) and Air Force General Liu Chengjun 刘成军 (the current president of AMS). Each year ISDP also sends several delegations to China for discussions of topics of mutual interest with our partner institutions.  

Annual Joint Conference with the PLA Academy of Military Science

ISDP has held an international conference in cooperation with the PLA Academy of Military Science each year since 2008. The seventh annual conference will be held in Stockholm in the fall of 2014 (topic to be decided). To date, the following topics have been covered (please click on titles for links to conference proceedings):


The current key areas of research in ISDP's China Initiative are:

  • China's military modernization
  • Cross-strait relations
  • Sino-European relations
  • Sino-Japanese relations
  • Sino-Russian relations
  • China's domestic development

Completed projects

  • Management of Ethnic Relations and Conflict in Western China: Past and Present (Xiaolin Guo and Michael Schoenhals) 

Primary Researchers


Publications on China

Ramses Amer
The South China Sea: Challenge for ASEAN
POLICY BRIEF, No. 150, March 31, 2014 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan
From tragedy to diplomatic mess: MH370 and the South China Sea
COMMENTARY, The Interpreter, March 19, 2014 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer
Vietnam’s Relations with China – A Multifaceted Partnership
COMMENTARY, China Policy Institute Blog, March 17, 2014 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
China's Stakes in the Ukraine Crisis
POLICY BRIEF, No. 147, March 12, 2014 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
East Asian Security Beyond Models and Polar Orders?
CONFERENCE PAPER, February 25, 2014, pp. 38-41 Webpage Link
Sukjoon Yoon
Toward Crisis Management in East Asia’s Seas
POLICY BRIEF, No. 144, February 14, 2014 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
Sino –Russian Relations at the Start of the New Millennium in Central Asia and Beyond
ARTICLE, Journal of Contemporary China, January 22, 2014 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer
China and Vietnam: Managing Tensions in Troubled Waters
POLICY BRIEF, No. 141, January 21, 2014 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer
China, Vietnam, and the South China Sea: Disputes and Dispute Management
ARTICLE, Ocean Development & International Law, Volume 45, No. 01, January 21, 2014, pp. 17-40 Webpage Link
Sangsoo Lee
Carving up the Skies: China's New Air Defense Zone
POLICY BRIEF, No. 140, January 14, 2014 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer, Nguyen Hong Thao
Conflict resolution and dispute settlement in the South China Sea region
JOURNAL ARTICLE, Vietnam Law & Legal Forum, Volume 20, No. 231-232 2014, pp. 14-17 Webpage Link
Ramses Amer, Nguyen Hong Thao
Conflict resolution and dispute settlement in the South China Sea region (part 2)
JOURNAL ARTICLE, Vietnam Law & Legal Forum, Volume 20, No. 233 2014, pp. 9-12 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
Call to end arms embargo on China
COMMENTARY, China Daily European Weekly, Volume 4, No. 155, December 20, 2013 Webpage Link
Sergei Vinogradov, Patricia Wouters
Sino-Russian Transboundary Waters: A Legal Perspective on Cooperation
STOCKHOLM PAPER, December 2013, pp. 95 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan
Vietnam's foreign policy: Fewer enemies, more friends
COMMENTARY, Lowy Interpreter, November 29, 2013 Webpage Link
Sangsoo Lee, Stefano Facchinetti
South Korea's "Island of Peace": A Flashpoint in the East China Sea?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 134, October 18, 2013 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan
Progress and the Party: Social(ist) tensions in Vietnam
COMMENTARY, The Interpreter, October 08, 2013 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
China still has it wrong in Myanmar
COMMENTARY, Asia Times Online, September 10, 2013 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
China's Troubled Myanmar Policy
COMMENTARY, The Diplomat, August 23, 2013 Webpage Link

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