The Institute for Security and Development Policy regularly issues a variety of publications ranging from shorter Policy Briefs to more comprehensive studies in its Asia and Silk Road Papers series. Explore the different series below.
The Limits of “Strategic Patience”
The Obama administration’s policy on North Korea has been declared “strategic patience,” or put in more vulgar words “how to treat a spoiled child.” Essentially, it means that North Korea […]
Yeonpyeong on Fire and Enriched Uranium
Each time North Korea hits the headlines for its rash behavior, the world seems to react with surprise. This year, so far, there was the tragic Cheonan incident, the cross […]
Artillery Exchange on the Korean Peninsula
North and South Korea have been involved in a significant exchange of artillery fire since 02:30 local time November 23rd, over the disputed Northern Limit Line (NLL). There have been […]
Myanmar Election: Old Wine in New Bottles and Does it Matter?
The first week after the election in Myanmar has passed, and the regime has been condemned along with countries that have accepted the results. The British Ambassador to Myanmar, Andrew […]
The Role of Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking in Kyrgyzstan’s Ethnic Crisis
On October 10, Kyrgyzstan held parliamentary elections. According to reports, the elections were surprisingly free and fair. Unfortunately, the problem of state criminalization remains. The new government will face a […]
Sino-Taiwan Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA): Time to Discuss One China?
The Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) was signed by China and Taiwan in June this year and took effect on September 12. It is designed to promote closer cooperation and […]
China and the EU: Economy Prevails
In recent years Sino-EU interaction has increased and will continue to do so. This will also increase strife in Sino-EU relations. There are concerns that clashes could occur over sensitive […]
Tough Times Ahead? Escalating Tensions Between Japan and China: Dual Perspectives
Fallout from the September 8 arrest of a Chinese trawler captain, by the Japanese Coast Guard, has gradually escalated, inflaming Japanese-Chinese relations. The trawler, suspected of illegal fishing, collided with […]
The Pipeline Dynamics in the Sino-Myanmar Honeymoon: Regional Contention and Strategic Fallout
Oil and gas seems to be the prime factor in China’s current approach towards Myanmar, and this is very much in contrast to the earlier Chinese approach. Without really worrying […]
Return of the Liberal Democrats? Internal Divisions within the Democratic Party of Japan
The so-called ‘Shadow Shogun’ of Japanese politics, Ozawa Ichiro has thrown his hat into the ring again, this time declaring his intention to run for the top post of the […]