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China Initiative

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

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 paper for publication in one of the ISDP publications series and make a public presentation at anISDP Forum, 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
  • The One Belt, One Road Initiative
Primary Researchers

Publications on China

B.A. Hamzah
Restraining China in the South China Sea: The Limits of U.S. Leverage
POLICY BRIEF, No. 194, April 29, 2016 Webpage Link
Liu Minru
A new era in China-Czech relations begins
COMMENTARY, China Daily, March 28, 2016 Webpage Link
Cesar Castilla
China's Evolving Middle East Role
POLICY BRIEF, No. 193, March 18, 2016 Webpage Link
Dai Yonghong
COMMENTARY, Theory Column, GMW, January 17, 2016 Webpage Link
Minru Liu
New Silk Road
OP-ED, Geopolitika, No. 94, January 2016, pp. 40-42 Webpage Link
Frederick Starr, Svante Cornell, Johan Engvall, Michael Emerson, Vladimir Socor
After the Enhanced PCA: Kazakhstan in Focus
POLICY BRIEF, No. 188-191, December 22, 2015 Webpage Link
Minru Liu
Central, East Europe's road to benefits
OP-ED, China Daily, November 24, 2015 Webpage Link
Michael Evan Goodsite, Michael Goodsite, Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Rasmus Bertelsen, Sandra Cassotta, Sandra Pertoldi-Bianchi, Jingzheng Ren, Lize-Marie van der Watt, Halldor Johannsson
The role of science diplomacy: a historical development and international legal framework of arctic research stations under conditions of climate change, post-cold war geopolitics and globalization/power transition
JOURNAL ARTICLE, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, September 28, 2015 Webpage Link
Niklas Swanström
China's New Silk Road, a Security Deficit?
COMMENTARY, Dragon News, No. 03, September 2015, pp. 06-07 Webpage Link
Sangsoo Lee
Nuclear Safety Cooperation in Northeast Asia
COMMENTARY, Eppen, August 28, 2015 Webpage Link
Sudha Ramachandran
China pushes Pakistan to fight terrorism selectively
ARTICLE, CACI Analyst, Volume 8, No. 14, August 17, 2015 Webpage Link
Bernt Berger
China's New National Security Law
COMMENTARY, The Lowy Interpreter, July 10, 2015 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan
China’s Strengthening Position on Rare Earths
ARTICLE, The Diplomat, July 09, 2015 Webpage Link
Ba Hamzah
Averting Crisis in the Spratlys: Towards a Regional Naval Forum
POLICY BRIEF, No. 183, July 01, 2015 Webpage Link
Quansheng Zhao
U.S.-China "Dual Leadership": The Rise of a New Balance of Power in East Asia?
POLICY BRIEF, No. 182, June 24, 2015 Webpage Link
Rupakjyoti Borah
Anchoring Indo-Japanese Maritime Relations
POLICY BRIEF, No. 180, June 02, 2015 Webpage Link
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
Elliot Brennan
Australia Speaks Plainly on the South China Sea
COMMENTARY, The Diplomat, May 29, 2015 Webpage Link
Elliot Brennan
China's Dangerous $5 Trillion Dollar Bet: A South China Sea ADIZ?
ARTICLE, The National Interest, May 14, 2015 Webpage Link

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