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.
North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions Have Turned Into a Status-Quo Show
With Kim Jong-un’s reported reappearance after speculation about his health, a top-down diplomacy, driven by President Donald Trump and Kim, still remains the main channel for future nuclear talks. Despite […]
Northeast Asian Regional Cooperation: An Elusive Necessity
This commentary is part of IFRI’s publication: “East Asia Security in Flux. What Regional Order Ahead?” Despite the decreased tensions on the Korean Peninsula since the end of 2017, there […]
China’s Evolving North Korea Policy
Introduction* It would seem common sense that China’s policies seldom change due to its complexity, rigidity, and size of decision-making system. Therefore, policies should be characterized more by continuity than […]
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. […]
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. • […]