A geopolitical hotspot. A dynamic democracy. A divided nation. A leading economy. A cultural exporter. Understanding Korea in the 21st century is relevant for the world beyond the clichés.
Based in Stockholm, ISDP’s Korea Center aspires to be a hub for research, discussion, and exchange contributing to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. With the premise that engagement and communication is an imperative part of building mutual trust and understanding, the Center seeks to foster constructive dialogue between key parties on how to sustain peace.
A secondary focus of the Center is to promote cooperation and understanding between the Nordic countries and South Korea. As one of Asia’s most important democracies and economies, its domestic developments and challenges are nevertheless often overshadowed in the media and public opinion by the nuclear crisis. Moreover, there is growing interest within the country in the “Nordic model” in regard to social welfare, sustainability, governance, and gender equality.
To achieve its goals, the Center publishes regular analysis and opinion, hosts guest researchers from the Koreas, as well as organizes seminars and forums. In so doing, it seeks to be a bridge between academic and policy communities in Northern Europe and Korea.
The Center would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Korea Foundation.
Taking Back Control: South Korea and the Politics of OPCON Transfer
Summary 1. The Moon government aims to achieve OPCON transfer (wartime control of its armed forces) by 2022, in accordance with a transition plan agreed upon with the United States. […]
Rehabilitating North Korea’s Forests: The Struggle to Balance Conservation with Livelihoods
Venerated in art and poetry, Korea’s verdant mountain forests hold a special place in Korean people’s hearts. Like their political systems and economies, however, forest fortunes in North and South […]
Korea – en civilisation i kläm
Korea är en civilisation som lätt förbises vid jämförelser med Kina och Japan. Men den koreanska kulturen är unik och har haft stort inflytande på sin omvärld. Tryckkonsten med lösa, […]
Denuclearizing North Korea: Challenges and Opportunities after Hanoi
Sang Hyun Lee dissects the non-deal outcome between the U.S. and North Korea at the Hanoi Summit and what the future prospects for diplomacy are. Lee argues that, despite significant […]
Negotiating North Korea’s Nukes
Summary • Nearly three decades of stop-start negotiations have failed to achieve North Korea’s denuclearization or the signing of a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War. • […]
The Dynamics of Democratized South Korean Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
In 1987, South Korea initiated a successful transition to democracy that has played a critical role in determining the government’s domestic and foreign policy. Paradoxically, the dynamics of the democratized […]