Energy & Resources
Relations with greater and smaller powers in Eurasia are increasingly important to Europe and North America. Not only is a growing portion of the world’s population, economic production and energy resources in Eurasia, so is a large part of the world’s most economically dynamic, politically self-assured nations. Western powers, however, have often struggled to reconcile their divergent interests in relations with countries in Eurasia. On the one hand, relations have grown and developed in the areas of economic cooperation as well as security and countering crime and terrorism. On the other hand, there has been a strong normative aspect to western policy, as western powers have sought to support the spread of democracy and ensure respect for human rights, while fighting corruption abroad. A lack of coordination of these interests has often led to confusion, misunderstandings and occasional gridlock.
ISDP’s research aspires to enhance mutual understanding between states and societies in the West and in Eurasia. ISDP’s research on western policy toward countries in Eurasia intends to provide critical analysis, detailed evaluation and pragmatic recommendations to state, non-profit, and private sector actors.
Water as a Political Security Tool: The Himalaya’s Strategic Conundrum
Abstract Fresh water has no substitute, and its availability has been declining sharply around the globe. In Asia, China’s role as a multidirectional and trans-border water provider is debatable. Analysis […]
The BRI vs FOIP: Japan’s Countering of China’s Global Ambitions
Abstract With the Donald Trump administrated U.S. turning inwards, the world saw Japan taking a step forward on the global stage during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s tenure. Not only did […]
Discovering Opportunities in the Pandemic? Four Economic Response Scenarios for Central Asia
Executive Summary The COVID-19 crisis represents not only an unprecedented economic disruption but also an opportunity for Central Asia. A specific economic policy response may trigger either game-changing reforms that […]
Legal Constraints of China’s BRI: The Case of Myanmar
Summary There are many consequences of China’s global Belt and Road Initiative. Amongst the least appreciated are the legal implications that arise from its investments. In Myanmar, one of the […]
Water – A Shared Resource Requiring Inclusive Water Diplomacy
Changing climate and extreme weather events have fundamental impacts on all aspects of our lives and our planet, including the management of the world’s shared water resources. In order to […]
Water Diplomacy and Sustainable Management in Mesopotamia
Mesopotamia, the land between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, the cradle of our civilization, home to the first records of legal provisions about water resource management included in the Code […]