Regional Security Cooperation in East Asia
Despite maritime issues, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and an increased militarization of the region, the security situation in the East Asia as a whole is today rather good. However, regional stability is threatened by the lack of functional security structures that could decrease tension as they arise. As some of the more unstable countries in the world lie within East Asia, or close to its borders, this is a problem that needs to be addressed. Increased military spending, and a lack of transparency in intentions and capacity could potentially create more tension, and although the likelihood that it would escalate into war is rather small, it is not negligible.
ISDP’s work aims at understand the security situation and to study how regional security mechanisms could be implemented to increase security and decrease regional tension.
Against the Tide: Taiwan-Marshall Islands Relations
Introduction The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is among a handful of countries to still recognize the Republic of China (ROC), one of four in the South Pacific. Two […]
Xi’s Visit to the Philippines: Implications for China-Philippine Relations
After participation in the 26th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Papua New Guinea and a state visit to Brunei, President Xi Jinping arrived in Manila on 20 November 2018 for a two day […]
Amending Japan’s Pacifist Constitution
Summary Japan’s 1947 constitution has lasted longer without amendment than any other constitution in the world. It has been called the “pacifist constitution” because of Article 9’s renunciation of war. […]
Japan and North Korea: Toward Engagement for Regional Security
The current situation on the Korean Peninsula has invited debate on Japan’s perennial issue of constitutional revision. While this is a high-profile issue, other measures are needed to reduce tensions. […]
THAAD on the Korean Peninsula
The issue of the deployment of THAAD in South Korea has stayed central both in South Korea’s domestic debates, as well as to the country's strategic position. This backgrounder, originally published by ISDP in November 2016, has been updated with recent developments on this topic.
Out of the “Slipstream” of Power? Australian Grand Strategy and the South China Sea Disputes
The following Asia Paper examines the continuing debate in Canberra as to how to address changing regional dynamics in Australian foreign policy. It argues that the South China Sea (SCS) […]