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 […]
Latvian Organized Crime Invests in Politics
Parliamentary elections were held in Latvia on October 2. They took place in a situation when the Parliament and the government have lost authority and trust. At the same time, […]
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 […]
U.S. Midterm Elections: So, What’s New?
The November 2 midterm elections were in many respects typical. The party holding the Presidency was held responsible for the dismal economy and a very weak job market. The anger […]
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 […]
Russia’s Police Reform – Medvedev’s Test?
President Dimitry Medvedev has made police reform in Russia one of his largest and most important reform projects. The police reform could be seen as a part of the larger […]
The Fight Against Money Laundering in Latvia and Sweden
The common denominator in all transnational criminal activities is money laundering, the process by which the proceeds of illegal activities are converted into means for legal investments. The fight against […]
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 […]