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.
Allies should find new policy on North Korea
Since South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol took office in May, North Korea has continuously tested its missiles, including the Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and other advanced short-range ballistic missiles […]
North Korea’s Pandemic Conundrum: Self-Containment and Humanitarian Crisis
Abstract: North Korea acknowledged its healthcare crisis this May and retreated to the Zero-COVID policy under self-containment, which they adopted in early 2020. Pyongyang also perceived economic stresses when they […]
With New Law on Nuclear Forces Policy, North Korea Says Its Nuclear Status Is ‘Irreversible’
Introduction: A day before the 74th anniversary of the country’s founding, North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un publicly declared that his nuclear weapons are no longer a bargaining chip […]
UNICEF and Epistemic Authority in North Korea, from Humanitarian Emergency to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), 1995-2015
Abstract: This study analyzes the work of UNICEF in the DPRK (North Korea) from 1995 to the late 2000s, asking how and why UNICEF pursued development objectives, particularly in the […]
Yoon Suk-yeol’s Audacious Initiative for Denuclearization Will Fail
Introduction: In the wake of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s August 15 remarks on his “audacious initiative” as a masterplan for the denuclearization of North Korea, Pyongyang slammed the plan […]
Will Pyongyang’s NATO Tirades Pay Dividends?
Introduction: As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit was being held in Madrid, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK or North Korea) state media outlet Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) […]