Eurasia is home to 75 percent of the world’s population, accounts for 60 percent of its GNP, and 75 percent of its energy resources. It is also where five of six of the world’s biggest military spenders and all but one of the world’s nuclear powers are located. Population giants and aspiring regional hegemons China and India are in Eurasia, and so is a large part of the world’s most economically dynamic, politically self-assured nations. If such a remarkable set of figures is in itself capable to generate much political and geopolitical friction, add to that the speed and intensity of recent socio-economic changes affecting all countries in the region, and there exists a plethora of multifarious and delicate issues that—if not dealt with in an intelligent, well-informed manner—can threaten global stability.
Encompassing a vast geographical territory—stretching from Turkey and the Caucasus, through Central Asia, all the way to China—this research program focuses on major issues affecting the foreign policy of countries in the region, including economic and social development, traditional and non-traditional regional security, as well as governance and democracy. It also analyses the military, political, and economic relations between the states of the region and important geopolitical actors such as the United States, the European Union, and a number of nation-states in the Middle East and South Asia. ISDP’s research on foreign policies in Eurasia intends to provide critical analysis, detailed evaluation and pragmatic recommendations to state, non-profit, and private sector actors.
China and the Nordics: Tracing Trends in Relations
Summary Diplomatic relations between Modern China and the Nordic States grew from different points of departure yet followed roughly congruent paths, adhering closely to Beijing’s domestic and regional priorities. Trade […]
India-Nordic Engagement: A Veritable Strategic Partnership in Reimagine and Configure
At a time when strategic partnerships are conceived, either at the altar of existential security-driven geopolitics, the cannibalized inevitability of transactional economics, or for that matter, transcendental narratives engendering notions […]
Merkel’s China Legacy
Abstract Angela Merkel’s time as the Chancellor of Germany is soon coming to an end. An unofficial mainstay of the European Union, she leaves office having helped put in place […]
The EU and PRC Exchange Sanctions
Abstract For the first time since the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing in 1989, the European Union has decided to impose significant restrictive measures on Chinese officials. The Chinese […]
Japan-UK: “Progressive” Ties and a Case for Britain in the CPTPP
Abstract The UK’s entry into the landmark CPTPP agreement, led by Japan, could be a breakthrough in advancing Britain’s global ambitions as an independent trading nation and encourage a stronger […]
First Fiji, Then the World
How the prime minister of a tiny group of Pacific islands has become an international power player. See original article in Foreign Policy here. Immediately after his election victory in […]